MORE than 700 people have signed a petition to ‘re-light Oswestry’ after the council began turning street lights off at midnight.
Residents are complaining that it is dangerous and they do not feel safe with the street lights off.
The petition which began in June aimed to reach 300 signatures, but as it gathered steam, more and more people have signed it.
University student Jordan Bradbury, from Oswestry, started off the petition after the council decided to switch all of the lights off at midnight to save energy and money.
Jordan said: “We are urging the council to review their decision. I have had people write to me saying when they get home from work in the early hours of the morning, they are scared and feel unsettled.”
In line with the petition, Jordan created a Facebook page where locals could discuss the issue.
Many users took to the group to question why street lamps were on in the day time but off during the dark of night.
One outraged person took a picture of a street lamp on during daylight hours and posted it to the social networking site saying: “The council put the lights out at night in a bid to save money.
“I am no economist but I would love someone from Shropshire Council to tell me how this street lamp being on at 3pm is cost efficient?”
Facilities manager at Oswestry Council, Glenys Davies, addressed the situation and said: “The timing clocks need adjusting and this is something that will be sorted soon.”
Jordan’s next step is to write to the mayor of Oswestry in the hope of getting the decision reversed as she said he has previously supported the petition.
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