Plaid Cymru councillors are calling for Caerphilly Council to switch street lights back on before next autumn.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “The Labour leadership has up until now been deaf to appeals to turn the lights back on in the early hours.
“We have always maintained turning lights off create anxiety and uncertainty for residents in their homes and if they happen to be out and out in the early hours of the morning.
“Lighting is important for giving people a sense of security and the murder of Sarah Everard in London recently brought this issue to the fore on a UK level.”
“Plaid Cymru wants to see a u-turn by the Labour council because it is the right thing to do. Better to admit you’ve made a massive mistake than carrying on as if nothing is wrong. Even senior Labour politicians outside the local authority think switching off the lights was a bad decision and needed a rethink.”
Delyth Jewell, Plaid Cymru candidate for Caerphilly in the Senedd elections, said: “Events of recent weeks have brought home to us all just how important it is that we have street lighting to make people feel safe in their area.
“Without adequate street lighting, many residents don't feel safe leaving their homes after dark, and this is a particular concern for young women at the moment. I really hope that the council backtracks on this worrying decision, and keeps the lights on.”
Last year a Plaid Cymru investigation revealed that Caerphilly Council had switched off three times more street lights in the early mornings than in any other Gwent authority. This was revealed following a Freedom of Information request to Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen councils.
Caerphilly Council has switched off 22,695 street lights between 2017-18 and 2020 from 12 midnight until 5.30am.