Please forgive a blog on what may seem like a little Cambridge issue, but it has -- I hope -- a further reach. It's about the extremely handsome Victorian (I guess) street lights that stand along Burrell's Walk (which is the lane that runs next to the University Library, between Grange Road and Queens' Road).
The husband was cycling along here the other day when he spotted notices pinned to these by the "Street LIghting PFI" ( which, to you and me, is another name for Balfour Beatty working for the local council -- I could put it less politely). I am sure that some street lights do need upgrading and students, especially, are concerned about the safety of Cambridge in the dark. But this major campaign of "improvement" (puffed here) has been a bit of a mixed blessings. I really dont see why there has to be a trade-off between decent light and aesthetics. And there are reports from some parts of town that the lights are so bright that the birds are awake all night, having no idea that it is bedtime.
Anyway along Burrell's Walk some of the lights appeared to be identified as faulty. Others had a much more sinister label.