Fear of attack

12:42 24 February 2012

Regarding street lighting at night, or rather lack of it, I am prompted to write after reading the article in the Exmouth Journal.

The person who took the phone call suggested the woman should phone her local MP; this is a classic case of passing the buck.

At its most basic level, if the street lighting is on a timer, then was it not set by the council in the first place? So, surely, it would be able to be reset.

Let’s face it, it’s not the first time Devon County Council has completely got it wrong. I can relate to everything that the poor woman has said. It is a very real problem and an issue which should be taken a lot more seriously.

Women who live in the town are being oppressed and made vulnerable by the decision of the council to turn off the lights.

I am a woman who has to go to work at 4am as I have no choice. I do everything that the woman mentioned in your article last week.

Even though my work is only 10 minutes’ walk away, the concern I have, and have had for a while, is that the majority of my walk is mainly along a route that has no street lighting at all.

Only this morning, a person was walking up the road with a torch as I was walking down it. It made me panic and realise how actually vulnerable I was.

What do we pay our council tax for? I would fully support a petition and think it should be started sooner rather than later.

I would like to see any one of the councillors who took the decision to turn off the street lighting to walk the route I do at 4am to see how dangerous it is.

I also walk in the middle of the road so as not to be vulnerable and leave myself open to attack, but I am also at a high risk of getting run over.

Women should also be allowed to feel safe in the knowledge that they can go out and about safely, without feeling threatened.

Diane Tillman

via email.

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