Police order Christmas lights to be turned off in Hedge End community

Daily Echo: Christmas lights in Greyhound Close during December last year. Christmas lights in Greyhound Close during December last year.

THE CHRISTMAS lights in a Hampshire street had to be turned off last night as hundreds packed the neighbourhood to admire them, causing traffic chaos.

Police were called in and requested the lights display in Greyhound Close, in Hedge End, to be switched off, after receiving numerous complaints from neighbours about driveways being obstructed.

The festive lights extravaganza has been a tradition in the community for ten years and has raised more than £30,000 for charity during that time through donations from visitors.

But last night, for the first time, police has to be called, as too many people flooding the street and its neighbouring roads to enjoy the impressive displays on offer.

However organisers have confirmed that the lights will be back on this evening, as usual, from 4.30pm, with donations this year going to Naomi House children's hospice in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.

Those planning on visiting are being urged to take advantage of the free parking at Hedge End station or to walk if possible, to help avoid a repeat of last night.

Hampshire police said it would monitor the situation and request the lights go off again if more problems arise.

A spokesman said: “Some local residents reported concerns about traffic congestion due to the numbers of motorists visiting Christmas lights.

“Police [were] at the scene working with residents and visitors to help clear the traffic congestion as swiftly and as safely as possible.”

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10:07am Mon 23 Dec 13

richard57 says...

LOL.SOME PEOPLE GOT TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS
LOL.SOME PEOPLE GOT TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS richard57

10:11am Mon 23 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then
If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then Mary80

10:23am Mon 23 Dec 13

fishingnut says...

ho ho ho.. merry christmas ;-)
ho ho ho.. merry christmas ;-) fishingnut

10:26am Mon 23 Dec 13

garethsmith72 says...

The police wll not have the same issue with the lights in Southampton, maybe everyone is going to see these instead !.

Perhaps the boys in blue could marshall the traffic instead of being heavy handed and forcing lights in public houses to be switchd off and depreving a charity of income and children of seeing a great show.
The police wll not have the same issue with the lights in Southampton, maybe everyone is going to see these instead !. Perhaps the boys in blue could marshall the traffic instead of being heavy handed and forcing lights in public houses to be switchd off and depreving a charity of income and children of seeing a great show. garethsmith72

10:48am Mon 23 Dec 13

solomum says...

Mary80 wrote:
If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then
The ones who are complaining are obviously not the ones with the lights. This would not be an issue if people were sensible and parked away from the area. As the report says, make use of the free parking at the train station and walk to see the lights, then no one gets their driveways blocked, no pedestrians are at risk from excessive traffic and everyone can enjoy the display whilst raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause. I hope that people will visit sensibly so that this display can continue and bring joy to the people who visit and to the users of Naomi House.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then[/p][/quote]The ones who are complaining are obviously not the ones with the lights. This would not be an issue if people were sensible and parked away from the area. As the report says, make use of the free parking at the train station and walk to see the lights, then no one gets their driveways blocked, no pedestrians are at risk from excessive traffic and everyone can enjoy the display whilst raising money for an extremely worthwhile cause. I hope that people will visit sensibly so that this display can continue and bring joy to the people who visit and to the users of Naomi House. solomum

11:12am Mon 23 Dec 13

davidthedon says...

Actually to be fair to some of the residents, people were parking across their own driveways when trying to get in, and even worse parking in other users property. Its a shame that the minority ruin it for others. Glad to hear its back on.
Actually to be fair to some of the residents, people were parking across their own driveways when trying to get in, and even worse parking in other users property. Its a shame that the minority ruin it for others. Glad to hear its back on. davidthedon

11:20am Mon 23 Dec 13

sarfhamton says...

Humbug
Humbug sarfhamton

11:31am Mon 23 Dec 13

Huffter says...

Mary80 wrote:
If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then
I expect the ones complaining weren't the ones doing.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then[/p][/quote]I expect the ones complaining weren't the ones doing. Huffter

11:33am Mon 23 Dec 13

andysaints007 says...

Mary80 wrote:
If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then
DIV
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then[/p][/quote]DIV andysaints007

11:34am Mon 23 Dec 13

wossit says...

miserable gits, its only once year and the kids love it !!
miserable gits, its only once year and the kids love it !! wossit

12:00pm Mon 23 Dec 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

wossit wrote:
miserable gits, its only once year and the kids love it !!
TOTALLY agree , LIGHTS are only for XMAS not the whole bloody year . Bah HUMBUG MISERABLE S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
[quote][p][bold]wossit[/bold] wrote: miserable gits, its only once year and the kids love it !![/p][/quote]TOTALLY agree , LIGHTS are only for XMAS not the whole bloody year . Bah HUMBUG MISERABLE S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! SPIKEISLANDTRADER

2:11pm Mon 23 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

Sounds like Bah Humbug from some residents and the Police. It's once a year, it's for a good cause ... and if people were parked irresponsibly, why not simply and politely ask them to move?

What annoys me most of all is that I previously lived in a road where people parked across my driveway 24/7 365 days a year. Neither the Police or the council were interested in getting involved ... so what's changed?
Sounds like Bah Humbug from some residents and the Police. It's once a year, it's for a good cause ... and if people were parked irresponsibly, why not simply and politely ask them to move? What annoys me most of all is that I previously lived in a road where people parked across my driveway 24/7 365 days a year. Neither the Police or the council were interested in getting involved ... so what's changed? eurogordi

2:18pm Mon 23 Dec 13

eurogordi says...

Looking at the way the scores are going up and down, there are clearly too man Scrooge's visiting this page today.

It's Christmas! Get a life and stop being so miserable!

What happened to peace on earth and goodwill to all people?
Looking at the way the scores are going up and down, there are clearly too man Scrooge's visiting this page today. It's Christmas! Get a life and stop being so miserable! What happened to peace on earth and goodwill to all people? eurogordi

4:09pm Mon 23 Dec 13

thesouth says...

Be more fair to penalise motorist who park illegally etc. Rather than those raising the charity money
Be more fair to penalise motorist who park illegally etc. Rather than those raising the charity money thesouth

4:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Jesus_02 says...

Mary80 wrote:
If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then
This comment has cheered me up no end... Merry Christmas :)
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: If the residents hate the attention why the hell have all those friggin lights then[/p][/quote]This comment has cheered me up no end... Merry Christmas :) Jesus_02

7:45pm Mon 23 Dec 13

03alpe01 says...

Proof that Scrooge is alive and kicking and in the Southampton area this Christmas!
Proof that Scrooge is alive and kicking and in the Southampton area this Christmas! 03alpe01

7:55pm Mon 23 Dec 13

soton34 says...

I was there last night before the lights went out and they are great! Congrats to all the residents in Greyhound Close and your fantastic support for Naomi House. There was traffic problems which in my view were people not being considerate to the locals. Leave the local roads for residents to park and park your car in the rail station, Maunsell Way or anywhere where residents won't be inconvenienced. A bit of good old fashioned consideration for others is needed otherwise the alternative will be a wonderful event that will simply stop. Just for the record I'm not a local. I took my 3 and 5 year old to see the lights, parked away from the Close without upsetting anyone and walked. Got to see more fab lights on the walk there!! Happy Christmas to all.
I was there last night before the lights went out and they are great! Congrats to all the residents in Greyhound Close and your fantastic support for Naomi House. There was traffic problems which in my view were people not being considerate to the locals. Leave the local roads for residents to park and park your car in the rail station, Maunsell Way or anywhere where residents won't be inconvenienced. A bit of good old fashioned consideration for others is needed otherwise the alternative will be a wonderful event that will simply stop. Just for the record I'm not a local. I took my 3 and 5 year old to see the lights, parked away from the Close without upsetting anyone and walked. Got to see more fab lights on the walk there!! Happy Christmas to all. soton34

12:49am Wed 25 Dec 13

dolomiteman says...

garethsmith72 wrote:
The police wll not have the same issue with the lights in Southampton, maybe everyone is going to see these instead !.

Perhaps the boys in blue could marshall the traffic instead of being heavy handed and forcing lights in public houses to be switchd off and depreving a charity of income and children of seeing a great show.
It isn't a public house it is a private residence and they didn't force anyone to switch them off, the have no powers to do so.
They could however ticket the cars that cause obstructions.
[quote][p][bold]garethsmith72[/bold] wrote: The police wll not have the same issue with the lights in Southampton, maybe everyone is going to see these instead !. Perhaps the boys in blue could marshall the traffic instead of being heavy handed and forcing lights in public houses to be switchd off and depreving a charity of income and children of seeing a great show.[/p][/quote]It isn't a public house it is a private residence and they didn't force anyone to switch them off, the have no powers to do so. They could however ticket the cars that cause obstructions. dolomiteman

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