Darker nights ahead for Stockton

The Government has scrapped the Durham and Stockton Street Lighting PFI Project in the Comprehensive Spending Review – meaning darker nights for people across the Stockton Borough.

Durham and Stockton councils had provisionally secured £125 million to set up a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project to replace more than 90,000 street lights over five years.

Local MP Alex Cunningham raised this issue with the Secretary of State for Transport in the House of Commons saying that the scheme would have made our streets “Lighter, brighter and safer”.

Following the announcement, Alex said:

“I am disappointed this scheme has been scrapped. Once again people on Teesside are being targeted by these draconian cuts. First it was our new hospital, then our school building projects and now our street lights. Local people must be asked what will be next?”