A Plaid Cymru investigation has revealed that Caerphilly Council switched off MORE THAN three times the number of 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 will have switched off 22,695 street lights between 2017-18 and 2020 from 12 midnight until 5.30am, a policy that has drawn widespread criticism from the public, Plaid Cymru and led to calls for a rethink, even from the local Labour MP & MS.
Newport council said it had turned off between 6,000 and 7,000 since 2017-18, Blaenau Gwent 6,000, Monmouthshire 1,600 and Torfaen had switched off none. Torfaen did switch off 4,700 lights in 2009.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “This investigation by Plaid Cymru shows how Labour-run Caerphilly Council is totally out-of-step with other Gwent authorities.”
“They’ve plunged people in county borough into the dark and have done so in a much more heavy-handed and unnecessary way than other councils. Older people should not have to feel vulnerable in their own homes. We are still receiving many complaints about this issue.”
Delyth Jewell, MS, Plaid Cymru’s Candidate in Caerphilly at the 2021 Senedd elections, said: "We are in the midst of the darkest time of year when lighting the streets isn't just a question of convenience - it's essential for public safety. If the council don't switch the lights back on, older and less mobile people will face months of being trapped at home aside from the dwindling hours of daylight. I'd urge the council to rethink this decision urgently."