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Residents of Brookside, Skipton, raise cash to replace condemned street lights
8:00am Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
Residents of a Skipton street are to raise money to replace condemned street lights.
The two street lights in Brookside, off Newmarket Street, are to be removed after being declared unsafe by North Yorkshire County Council.
But although the council has the power to remove them, it is not responsible for replacing them, as Brookside is a private road. Following meetings with both the county council and Skipton Town Council, the residents have decided to raise the £1,800 needed to replace the lights, while the town council has agreed to pay ongoing costs.
Jeff Thorogood, spokesman for the residents, told the town council’s public services committee, it had been decided to raise the £1,800 needed to replace the lights and it would be done under the umbrella of Middletown Community Association.
He said £500 would come from the owner of eight houses in Brookside, a further £500 from Middletown Community Association and an application for a further £500 would be made to the North Yorkshire Police Property Fund.
The rest would come from other funding pots or be met by residents themselves.
Mr Thorogood added that as residents did not know when they would have the money, they asked that the town council give them a short term loan to cover costs until they get the funding.
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