What’s going wrong with city centre lighting?

As someone who lives in the Retail BID area and works just off the Colmore BID area I am very concerned about the state of some of the street/public lighting in parts of the city centre. I walk on a daily basis across St Philips Churchyard which appears to be in perpetual darkness with the majority of the lighting around the cathedral not functioning. Likewise New Cannon Passage off Cannon Street has been in total darkness for a number of weeks as have some of the lighting columns adjacent to Victoria Square/Town Hall. In addition, the lighting on Corporation Street/Bull Street junction appears to be working sporadically.

I spoke to a couple of Neighbourhood Police Officers last weekend about this issue who admitted to being ‘fed up’ reporting the street lighting issues in the city centre and agreed that it was impacting on their crime fighting operations. It also creates a poor image for visitors to the city centre.

We are trying to get this issue taken forward to the appropriate city council department.

Please let us know if you have any related experiences or comments. Thanks!

by Jon Lord, Committee Member.