Better lighting needed in Eastgate Street to keep a lid on trouble
BETTER lighting is a must in Eastgate Street if police are going to keep a lid on disorder there, say officers assigned to clubland patrols.
Police are calling on shops and businesses to leave their lights on in the city overnight to help illuminate dark areas that have become a magnet for crime.
PC Mark Mansfield, night time economy enforcement officer, says improved lighting can't come soon enough.
"Lighting in Eastgate Street is terrible, it is really dark at the moment and we have counted six lights out," he said.
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"There is going to be a £25,000 upgrade to get LED lights installed and double the amount of lighting in the street. Crime and disorder has increased because it is so dark and that makes people feel so unsafe.
"We want to start a campaign with shops in Eastgate Street and around Gloucester to leave their frontage lights on at night to help illuminate the street."
One idea being considered is getting sponsorship for small businesses to help with the costs involved.
City councillor Tarren Randle (C, Barnwood) helps businesses involved with the evening economy.
"It is an idea we will be putting forward for discussion with the city council," she said. "We have to look at the impact of poor lighting in Eastgate Street and the positive effect investment will have."
Replacement bulbs costing more than £3,000 are currently being put in.
City councillor Jennie Dallimore (C, Podsmead), cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said better lighting will also improve CCTV images.