Lincoln crime hotspot will get lights – but not this winter
New street lights won't be installed at a city centre crime hot spot for at least six to 18 months.
Traders in the Sincil Street area, dubbed Nightmare Street after a spate of break-ins last year, want new lights to be installed before the long winter nights set in.
Lincolnshire County Council is looking to spend £10,000 to upgrade the 14 lights, but has spent all its budget for this financial year.
This means cash to pay for the work won't be available until next April and business owners in the area may have to wait up to 18 months for the work to be completed. Teri Richardson, manager of the ViTaL charity shop which was broken into earlier this month, said: "It is definitely too late as it is winter, and it is getting darker earlier.
"If there are things that can be done to prevent the amount of break-ins on the street, they should be done sooner."
Lewis Ward, manager at Timpsons in Sincil Street, said: "I think its needs to be done as soon as possible because winter is coming.
"I have been doing the job ten years and worked in this shop for majority of that. We have been broken into two or three times."
Matt Greenwood, who works at Domestic Appliance Services on the street, said white street lighting would improve the street and make it more secure.
Patrick Cant, senior engineer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "We've had to spend our budget in other areas of the county this year, and so haven't been able to introduce white lamps in Sincil Street.
"We will, however, look to make these changes in the next financial year.
"I'd expect that the cost of replacing the lamps, and upgrading the fittings to a modern standard could be around £10,000."
The Echo reported last November that nearly all of the street's outlets had been targeted in the previous year, with one charity shop burgled five times in a month.
However, Lincolnshire Police say the number of burglaries has now dipped, after seeing two incidents on the street since June this year – including the ViTaL charity shop last month.
Inspector Mark Garthwaite said Sincil Street is a vulnerable area, but not as high-risk as some other Lincoln streets.
"It is not as well lit, it is narrower and there is less footfall so it is less likely people would see anything – so we've never really taken those patrols off," he said.
"It is a regular now route for our patrols."