Give us back our car park lights, say Canford Heath residents

Bournemouth Echo: Canford Heath Townswomen’s Guild members are complaining over lights in Adastral Square car park that have been turned off Canford Heath Townswomen’s Guild members are complaining over lights in Adastral Square car park that have been turned off

An appeal for lighting has been made by Canford Heath residents fed up with having to stumble around in the dark to find their cars.

More than a year ago the Co-op supermarket shut its doors at Adastral Square on the Poole estate – and the power was pulled on the lights in the large car park at the rear.

Now pitch black in the evenings, the car park is also used by people visiting the community centre, the youth club, library and doctor’s surgery and residents have had enough.

Canford Heath Townswomen’s Guild members, who hold their evening meetings at the community centre signed a 30-strong petition urging Borough of Poole to put pressure on the landowner to provide adequate lighting.

Treasurer Linda Penn said: “There are no lights at all until you get to the road. It’s just ridiculous when there are people using the community centre and the pub.”

Chairman Annie Garner said: “When we come out of the Guild at night, because our members are mature ladies, it’s dangerous for them,” she said.

Committee member Judy Jones said: “We have lots of thing to carry out and put in the boots of our cars and we can’t see what we are doing.”

Jo Gash said: “Lots of other people use the hall. There are dance groups and young girls coming out when it’s dark.”

Cllr Sandra Moore, who represents Canford Heath East, and presented the petition to Borough of Poole described the situation as “outrageous”.

She pointed out the council did not own or maintain the car park and under its lease the Co-op was responsible. “The Co-op signed a 15-year lease from May 2004 for a supermarket that is currently empty. They don’t have a duty of care that a council has.”

Colleague Cllr Jennie Hodges said: “Trying to get someone to take responsibility for this area is quite a job.”

Borough of Poole wrote to the Co-op last November and has not yet received a reply. A second letter has now been sent.

The Daily Echo contacted the Co-op for a response and had not received one by the time it went to press.

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2:03pm Mon 28 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Put in a 'Pay As You Go light meter box.'

10p for 3 mins.

They probably don't exist so you would have to make one.
Put in a 'Pay As You Go light meter box.' 10p for 3 mins. They probably don't exist so you would have to make one. scrumpyjack

2:41pm Mon 28 Jan 13

really?? seriously?? says...

Or simply but a torch?
Or simply but a torch? really?? seriously??

3:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Phixer says...

really?? seriously?? wrote:
Or simply but a torch?
What, and spend their own money? Take responsibility for their own actions? That would never do.

Much better that they lobby for you and I to dip into our tax payments.
[quote][p][bold]really?? seriously??[/bold] wrote: Or simply but a torch?[/p][/quote]What, and spend their own money? Take responsibility for their own actions? That would never do. Much better that they lobby for you and I to dip into our tax payments. Phixer

4:10pm Mon 28 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

What ever next, lighting up of a poorly lit community area?

How dare they, what do think this is the 20th Century?

Get real people, we are living in times of austerity.

Everyone for themselves just as Thatcher dreamed of.
What ever next, lighting up of a poorly lit community area? How dare they, what do think this is the 20th Century? Get real people, we are living in times of austerity. Everyone for themselves just as Thatcher dreamed of. l'anglais

6:44pm Mon 28 Jan 13

guisselle says...

You can buy torches and lamps in
the pound shop!
You can buy torches and lamps in the pound shop! guisselle

7:05pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

"stumble around in the dark to find their cars"? Unless continental drift has highly accelerated in the Canford Heath area, I would suggest the cars are where they parked them!!!
"stumble around in the dark to find their cars"? Unless continental drift has highly accelerated in the Canford Heath area, I would suggest the cars are where they parked them!!! Letcommonsenseprevail

7:07pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Put in a 'Pay As You Go light meter box.'

10p for 3 mins.

They probably don't exist so you would have to make one.
Very funny, made me smile!
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Put in a 'Pay As You Go light meter box.' 10p for 3 mins. They probably don't exist so you would have to make one.[/p][/quote]Very funny, made me smile! Letcommonsenseprevail

7:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

This is a tragedy. These amazing people need their lights, in fact the number of lights should be doubled in all car parks and also have a warden on site to help these amazing people. I would happily pay more tax for such an amazing service that has been lost for these wonderful people.
This is a tragedy. These amazing people need their lights, in fact the number of lights should be doubled in all car parks and also have a warden on site to help these amazing people. I would happily pay more tax for such an amazing service that has been lost for these wonderful people. tramp_about_town

7:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

master plan says...

Can't find their cars really!!!!!!!!
The lighting has never been great round their but surely you must remember where you parked your car!!!!
Don't waste the councils money times are hard
Can't find their cars really!!!!!!!! The lighting has never been great round their but surely you must remember where you parked your car!!!! Don't waste the councils money times are hard master plan

5:27am Tue 29 Jan 13

guisselle says...

A bunch of well-heeled middle class
ladies, surely they have better things
to do than faff about in a car park!
A bunch of well-heeled middle class ladies, surely they have better things to do than faff about in a car park! guisselle

8:52am Tue 29 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Eat more carrots?
30 strong signatures eh?
Must be 10 houses then?
Average 3 signatures per household.
Yep that will get results.
Eat more carrots? 30 strong signatures eh? Must be 10 houses then? Average 3 signatures per household. Yep that will get results. BIGTONE

2:48pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

Jo Gash.
Jo Gash. jeebuscripes

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