Energy saving smart lighting in a multi-storey station car park has been labeled a ‘hazard for women’ walking alone at night.
The smart lights in the Bradbourne Station car park in Sevenoaks, are fitted with sensors that are able to judge if the car park is being used. When nobody is present, in order to save energy, the lighting starts to dim.
However, Gerald Gray of Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association, thinks that the lighting is too dim and is putting people at risk.
‘If you are a lone woman going to the theatre or shopping in the town and you then come back to the car park at midnight it is seriously dark,’ commented Gray.
He alleges that the top floor and outdoor ground level are insufficiently lit, which will make it difficult for people not only to locate their car but could also pose a serious safety issue.
'I would have thought that someone would have de-bugged the car park before it opened and checked the lights,’ Gray added.
In their defense Sevenoaks Council have noted that the car park is lit 24/7 and that the smart led lights 'dim down' to 10 per cent when the car park is unoccupied.
‘This is a major project to provide much needed additional parking at Sevenoaks station, which was delivered on time and on budget,' a spokesman for Sevenoaks District Council added.
‘Since the car park reopened we have received nothing but positive comments from new and returning customers.
The new car park comes complete with smart LED energy saving lighting, electric vehicle charging bays and comprehensive CCTV coverage throughout.’