Street Lights: History repeats itself in Epsom and Ewell
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At this week’s Surrey County Council (SCC) Meeting Leader David Hodge’s (Conservatives) claimed that the he is pursuing 21st century policies. Resident’s Association County Councillor Eber Kington responded by reciting a poem and accusing David Hodge of returning to the 19th century for inspiration for his street lights switch-off policy.
Criticising the midnight switch-off of street lights in Epsom and Ewell, which has seen a 400% increase in car related crime, Cllr Kington read Light Verses Darkness, a poem from the 19th century which was written as a criticism of the then Local Board for turning the lights off in Epsom “a quiet town in the midst of Surrey” at 8.00pm, to save money.
LIGHT versus DARKNES
In a quiet town in the midst of Surrey,
The Inhabitants just now are in a great worry;
For all are complaining, (and in justice quite right),
That they cannot procure a sufficient good light.
Now the reason this dire calamity has fallen,
Is on account of the Board, who are bent on reforming,
To cut down expenses is their constant intent,
But, as usual, each year more money is spent.
At night, about eight, when the shops are all closed,
One would think the Old Town had gone into a doze;
The effect on a stranger, more especially outside;
Would be simply to stand and harshly deride.
Cllr Kington concluded by saying:
“This Conservative policy has to change. My residents refuse to accept going back to the 19th century for inspiration for council policies is either right or reasonable in a modern civilised society”.