Backlash as residents turn back on Council streetlights

Vigilante electricians plan to storm the streets of Northampton, switching on street lights turned off by the council.

Half of the county’s 66,000 street lights have been switched off over the past few months as part of a scheme to save Northamptonshire County Council £2 million.

In response to the council’s actions a group of activists has trained up as electricians and is organising a guerrilla switch-on.

The unknown group has been condemned by the council, however does have the backing of councillor Tony Clarke (Ind, Castle), who says as long as the group is properly trained and carries out the job safely, it has his support.

Clarke told the press: ‘I think their plans are borne out of frustration and we should just thank our lucky stars it’s being done by trained individuals.’

It is not thought that the group has started work on the lights yet, but it plans to soon.

Council officials have warned tampering with the lights can be dangerous and will add further cost to the tax-payer to correct the changes.

A council spokesperson said: ‘It’s extremely disappointing that people are considering taking this action. The switch-off programme was carefully developed in conjunction with the police and a great deal of consideration was given to ensure the right lights were switched off.’

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