Death prompts street lights switch-on plea

19/01/2012
Highways Reporters

A petition to turn overnight street lighting back on in Clevedon has been handed to North Somerset Council.

About 800 people have signed the document after soldier Edward Heal (pictured) was hit by a car and killed in the town in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Lights are switched off from midnight to 05:00 in some areas to save money.

The council said decisions to switch off street lights were carefully considered and investigated.

Petition organiser Carol Dyer said she hoped the council would "sit up and take notice that these supposedly cost-saving cuts could be costing lives"

Trooper Heal, 19, was killed when he was hit by a car on Kenn Road.

He was a soldier in the King's Royal Hussars, based at the Tidworth Camp in Wiltshire, and was preparing for a tour of duty in Afghanistan in March.

The section of road where Trooper Heal died is one of the areas where street light are turned off.

The council said that various organisations, including the emergency services, were consulted and it would not be appropriate to comment further until a police investigation had concluded.
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