Residents say new lampposts in Northampton in ‘wrong’ place

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People living in streets where the new street lights have been installed have said they have been placed in the wrong position and could even increase the burglary rate in the area.

New lampposts that give out white light are currently being installed in different locations in Northampton by Balfour Beatty as part of a private finance initiative with Northamptonshire County Council.

A council spokesman said the street lights had been placed to the back of pavements, rather than against kerbs, to provide more light on footways, prevent damage to vehicles and to be less of an obstruction to pedestrians and people with prams and mobility scooters.

But some residents of the streets where the new lights had been installed said they were now positioned too close to their properties.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she thought the new street lights gave a “green light” to burglars as people could climb up the lamposts and then enter any open upstairs windows.

The woman said: “If you walk down the street some of the lights are near people’s bedrooms. They cast a lot of light in the bedrooms and people have to get blackout curtains otherwise it is like daylight.”

Jim Wishart, secretary of the St Michael’s Residents’ Association, said he thought there had been a lack of planning about where the lampposts would be positioned in relation to people’s houses and existing signs.

He said: “I don’t think they have thought about the design at all. They seemed to have wanted to get the job done as quickly as possible.”