A secret trial of street light dimming is underway in Tower Hamlets a freedom of information request has revealed. The trial includes dimming 50 of the borough’s street lights at certain times of the night.
Labour politicians have raised concerns at the move which they fear is being done under the radar to prevent public debate on the issue. Whilst officers describe the savings of the dimming as ‘minimal’ due to the small scale of the trial, Labour argue that the reduced street lighting could have an impact on public safety.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Residents won’t be happy that Lutfur Rahman has left them in the dark over his street light cuts. Whilst there may be a case for dimming street lights in some areas the public expect that politicians will be straight with them not secretly make changes.”
Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“This is pretty disingenuous stuff from Lutfur Rahman. While there may even be value in this policy, keeping it secret from the public is totally misleading.
“People have a right to know why and where Rahman is trialling these streetlight cuts.”