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Better lighting needed in Eastgate Street to keep a lid on trouble

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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BETTER lighting is a must in Eastgate Street if police are going to keep a lid on disorder there, say officers assigned to clubland patrols.

Police are calling on shops and businesses to leave their lights on in the city overnight to help illuminate dark areas that have become a magnet for crime.

PC Mark Mansfield, night time economy enforcement officer, says improved lighting can't come soon enough.

"Lighting in Eastgate Street is terrible, it is really dark at the moment and we have counted six lights out," he said.

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"There is going to be a £25,000 upgrade to get LED lights installed and double the amount of lighting in the street. Crime and disorder has increased because it is so dark and that makes people feel so unsafe.

"We want to start a campaign with shops in Eastgate Street and around Gloucester to leave their frontage lights on at night to help illuminate the street."

One idea being considered is getting sponsorship for small businesses to help with the costs involved.

City councillor Tarren Randle (C, Barnwood) helps businesses involved with the evening economy.

"It is an idea we will be putting forward for discussion with the city council," she said. "We have to look at the impact of poor lighting in Eastgate Street and the positive effect investment will have."

Replacement bulbs costing more than £3,000 are currently being put in.

City councillor Jennie Dallimore (C, Podsmead), cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said better lighting will also improve CCTV images.

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  • Lecorche  |  November 26 2012, 10:18PM

    Just swap all the lamps for 'black-light' ones. Issue Plod with view-goggles, hosepipes and base ball cannons. Solve the problem overnight.Friday night!

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  • darrellglos  |  November 26 2012, 6:54PM

    Pop up loos better lighting, what about free umbrellas as well. Dont mind the cost just let the local taxpayer pay. Money no object just cut back something else to pay for it.

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  • QwertyOS  |  November 26 2012, 3:19PM

    Ah bless.....drunken chavs need to see where they are going..my heart bleeds.

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  • bdoggydawg  |  November 26 2012, 3:17PM

    The concentration of people down eastgate street at night is a touch higher than your average cul-de-sac, more opportunity for crime in the dark.

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  • gloscityguy  |  November 26 2012, 2:56PM

    There are many residential areas that have bad lighting, and are hot spots for crime, Why are we doing this for one street, which in no way could you say is pitch black, and where the people that use the street are so drunk, that light is not going to keep a lid on trouble. There are people in their homes who don't want to go out due to bad lighting, the money should be spent there first.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 26 2012, 2:40PM

    How about the pubs and clubs on Eastgate Street not serve drunken idiots?

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 26 2012, 9:56AM

    How about the pubs and clubs on Eastgate Street pay for the lighting?

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