'Turn street lights back on'
A petition has been launched to try to get street lights turned back on along a busy stretch of road.
Leicestershire County Council turned off the lights in Sacheverell Way, Groby, in 2010 as part of a scheme to save energy and cash.
However, the switch-off has left some residents concerned about their safety on the road between Groby and Ratby and 200 people have signed a petition calling on County Hall to turn the lights back on.
Officials said they were preparing to dismantle the lampposts.
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Ozzy O'Shea, borough councillor for Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton – and a retired police officer – is behind the petition.
Councillor O'Shea said: "There have been concerns since the lights went out. A lot of people thought they should never have been switched off.
"The lack of lighting is a worry for pedestrians, dog walkers and joggers – especially young women who feel vulnerable in the dark.
"I cannot stress enough how much footfall this road has during the evening."
"I understand the need to save money and use less energy but there is a security issue here.
"My suggestion is we could turn some back on – perhaps every other light."
Coun O'Shea has left his petition to be signed in shops and pubs in Groby and Ratby.
He said: "There has been a really good response. I will keep collecting for a few more weeks before handing it in to the county council.
The county council estimated it would save £700,000 a year by switching off, dimming or putting some lights on a timer.
A spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately, we are in the unprecedented position of having to make significant financial savings and reduce the county council's carbon consumption.
"These lights were switched off following a risk assessment involving Leicestershire Constabulary.
"There have been no reported injury accidents in Sacheverell Way overnight following the switch-off."