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Residents raising own money to turn streetlights back on

Further on up the road: Cleator Street will get new streetlights if residents can successfully drum up the funds.

Residents in the Cumbria town of Millom who lost their streetlights to budget cuts have a cunning plan to replace them: they’re going to raise the money themselves.

The Cleator Street Action Group says that it needs £3,000 for new lights, and that it currently faces security risks without them.

‘The road sees a lot of foot traffic and we worry that people will fall over and have an accident,’ group member Donna Sproston told the North-West Evening Mail . ‘People are already tripping up now.’

The old existing streetlights no longer work, and as Cleator Street is ‘unadopted’ by the Cumbria County Council, it is ineligible for county funding. The Borough of Copeland, to which Millom belongs, normally maintains streetlights but it has run short on finances.

‘Copeland Council decided about two years ago that when the streetlights came to the end of their life they were not going to replace them, and if we wanted them back up and running, we would have to fund them ourselves,’ Sproston said.

The residents are holding fundraising events to help restore the lighting. 

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