SOLAR powered street lights near to Kingshill School in Cirencester have prompted complaints from residents who said they do not provide enough light for students walking to and from school.

The lights, located on a path close to Millennium Way, are said to be failing students who have to use the route during the winter twilight hours.

Stuart Tarr, chairman of the Beeches Community Group, said the lighting issue is a popular concern among those living in close proximity.

“In the run up to the Beeches election last October, we ran a survey of residents’ concerns and this was one of the main issues that came up,” he said.

“It is quite a dark area, especially in the winter. With after school clubs taking place, this is a real issue.”

The solar powered lights, which have been a fixture in the Kingshill estate for many years, are said to be problematic during the darker months of the year when the hours of daylight are reduced.

“When they were put in, the technology was the best it could be. This was at the time when there was a quest for a greener Cirencester,” said Mr Tarr.

He added: “I would like to see some permanent and reliable lighting there. At the moment, there is a risk to security and safety.”

Cirencester Town Council, which takes responsibility for the solar powered lights, has announced it will conduct a review into the performance of the lights.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of the town council, said: “I can confirm as part of the overall developments at Kingshill a review of the lighting provision will be carried out.

“We will continue to liaise with the Beeches Community Group on this and other ward related matters in the coming months.”

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