Better Street Lighting

556 of 1,500 signatures

The Labour Council decision to dim street lights from 10pm to morning (which was a cost saving scheme with some benefits from reducing CO2 emissions) is causing real problems for our communities in Ealing.

Studies have shown that light dimming increases crime. For example Parker et al, 2019 showed that better street lighting was linked with a 39% reduction in crime whilst other studies demonstrate an impact on rates of robbery, vehicle crime, arson and anti-social behaviour. Moreover, poor street lighting raises people's fear of crime and concerns for their own personal safety. 

Ealing Liberal Democrats have been listening to local people who tell us they need better street lighting at night. Many people in Ealing work late-night shifts and value the lighting after midnight especially those who work in the hospitality sector. Many people, especially those who feel vulnerable, say that they do not want to travel or walk around on their own. 

We are campaigning on your behalf to get Ealing Council to reverse its decision. The Liberal Democrat commissioned a study on Women’s Safety early in 2021 and it had two main recommendations - (1) reverse the light dimming and (2) for the local police team to patrol in a more visible way. Ealing Lib Dem community campaigner Connie Hersch says "help me to bring this petition to the council. Better lighting is a little thing we can achieve to make walks home and getting to your front door safer".

Please sign: "We ask Ealing Council to stop dimming street lights at night so people feel safer and to reduce the chance of serious incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities"

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