Solar powered lampposts near Kingshill School in Cirencester not giving off enough light, according to local residents

Stuart Tarr next to the street lights in Kingshill

Stuart Tarr next to the street lights in Kingshill

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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.”

For further information, visit www.beeches.org.uk.

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2:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

David Broad says...

It is blindingly obvious that the scheme was doomed to failure. Theb technologyb is brilliant fior road signs miles from the nearest mains electricity like the ones near Linlochleven in Scotland which warn of high tides which flood the road, but these are stand alone units expected to provide up to 16 hours of electric light from 8 hours of overcast grey winter skies. The stupid little wind mills used to act randomly, ine whizzing round while the next remained still, one having probably stripped its gears and the other seized.. The wind element should have been a vertical axis anenometer type generator, and the simple answer is there should be removable battery packs which someone should exchange for recharged ones when they get flat. It is not rocket science, but probably beyond CTC
It is blindingly obvious that the scheme was doomed to failure. Theb technologyb is brilliant fior road signs miles from the nearest mains electricity like the ones near Linlochleven in Scotland which warn of high tides which flood the road, but these are stand alone units expected to provide up to 16 hours of electric light from 8 hours of overcast grey winter skies. The stupid little wind mills used to act randomly, ine whizzing round while the next remained still, one having probably stripped its gears and the other seized.. The wind element should have been a vertical axis anenometer type generator, and the simple answer is there should be removable battery packs which someone should exchange for recharged ones when they get flat. It is not rocket science, but probably beyond CTC David Broad
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3:29pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Switch your iPhone torch light on

Simples
Switch your iPhone torch light on Simples Olly Cromwell
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11:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

zer()cool says...

these lights cost thousands, it's a false economy, many would cringe when they saw how much these actually cost.

I don't usually go in for much of the political debate on here, it's just not my cup of tea, but YES!! rechargeable ones would of been a "brighter" idea :D enough debate over this will see them disappear, & the cost or any accountability never heard of :(
these lights cost thousands, it's a false economy, many would cringe when they saw how much these actually cost. I don't usually go in for much of the political debate on here, it's just not my cup of tea, but YES!! rechargeable ones would of been a "brighter" idea :D enough debate over this will see them disappear, & the cost or any accountability never heard of :( zer()cool
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