Warwickshire street lights will remain switched off after Conservative Councillors failed to deliver on their election promise to switch them back on.
During the 2015 General and Local election campaign, local Conservative candidates promised to turn the streetlights back on but have now failed to act on their word.
Labour Group Leader at NWBC, Cllr Adam Farrell said
“This story is becoming like a broken record because the Conservatives sayone thing on the door steps and in the press but then vote to do the opposite in the Council chamber. The facts on this issue could not be clearer. A Conservative Council voted to turn the lights off in 2013 and have consistently voted against turning them back on ever since.”
In the County Council’s budget meeting held on 5th February an opposition amendment to the budget by Labour Councillors would have allowed the street lights to be switched back on but this was defeated by the controlling Conservative group.
County Councillor Chris Clark, said
“It beggars belief that the Conservatives can go in to an election promising to switch the lights on and then when the opportunity arises to do just that, they vote against it. Labour set out very clearly how the money could be found to turn the lights on but the Conservatives rejected the ideas to save money from other areas of the Council which included reducing the number of paid Councillor positions in the cabinet. They chose Councillors pay over the street lights.”