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There could be dark days ahead for Harrow after it emerges the council has abandoned plans to improve street lighting in the area. 

The Conservative run Harrow council is the only one in the country to have pulled out of the private finance initiative (PFI) scheme to upgrade street lighting, despite the £32 million allocated for the project.

The then Labour run council applied for the funding more than three years ago, but the current council have decided to scrap it saying it was ‘irresponsible’ because of the credit crunch.

Deputy leader Councillor Susan Hall said it was:

“Irresponsible of us to commit to £1 million a year over 25 years – a key condition of the PFI contract – given the unprecedented financial pressures on us caused by the credit crunch.”

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