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Overnight street light campaign 'still going strong'
Campaigners petitioning for overnight street lighting in Hertfordshire say their fight is still going strong.
The 5,000-signature petition was launched after Hertfordshire County Council took a decision to turn the street lights off at night late last year.
Campaign leader, Daniel Graham, of Radlett, is determined not to give up the fight and is urging as many people as possible to sign.
He said: “I am absolutely thrilled that so many have chosen to support our petition, it just goes to show how many people feel strongly about this.
“We really are pouring everything we can into this petition, I am determined to make it a success.”
The father-of-two believes no overnight street lighting can be “dangerous” and it forces people to abide by a curfew.
He added: “This is a nice community but if there are no street lights to guide you that can be scary no matter where you are.
“There is also a fear that crime figures will spike. It is not fair for us to live in fear.”
The group has set up a Facebook group to advertise their plight, which has now reached more than 1,500 members.
The lights were turned off last November during midnight and 6am, and the campaigners claim this was done without any consultation.
Sue Alford, 46, of Hunter Close, Borehamwood, called herself a “night bird” but said the lighting has stunted her day-to-day life.
She said: “I find the county council is disrespecting people who enjoy being out at night.
“It affects people’s freedom. I usually do my recycling at night but sometimes I am too scared to go to the bottom of my front garden to sort through it.
“We have no idea how many people we need to make a difference but I would love it if our petition reached 10,000 members.
“I hope more people in Hertfordshire come forward to sign it before our deadline.”
The petition can be signed until December 31, 2012.