‘We are being ignored’ over Midhurst street lights

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MIDHURST town councillors say they are banging their heads against a brick wall in efforts to ensure new street lighting is in keeping with the conservation area of the town.

Earlier this year, West Sussex County Council consulted the town council on its plans to change street lighting throughout the town, as part of a project across the whole county.

Town councillors thought they had agreement with WSCC’s contractors SSE over heritage-style lanterns outside the old library and more lighting in Knockhundred Row.

But now they say earlier consultations have been completely ignored.

Chairman of the council’s finance and general purposes committee Steve Morley told his committee: “I think they have broken a promise to us. They consulted with us, ticked the box and have ignored us ever since.

“I am totally disgusted that we as a council have been treated this way.”

Clerk to the council Joan Hursthouse told the meeting: “I feel as if there is a brick wall and I am banging my head against it.”

Proposing that the council writes a ‘strong letter’ setting out their views, vice-chairman of the council John Quilter told the meeting: “Scottish and Southern Electricity is the customer of West Sussex County Council and whatever we do we should inform the county council that we are dissatisfied with their contractor and we should write to the highest level at the county council.”