Braintree district: Find out where councils asked street lights to stay on (From Braintree and Witham Times)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting BWT to 80360 or you can email us »
Braintree district: Find out where councils asked street lights to stay on
9:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
Street lights owned by Essex County Council (ECC) are now being switched off every night from midnight to 5am.
The scheme came into force across Braintree district starting on Sunday.
During a public consultation period, councils in Braintree and Witham requested for ECC to keep lights switched on in certain roads.
- Witham Town Council asked for all-night lighting at:
The junction of Spa Road and Humber Road, which the council believes is an accident hotspot.
ECC: “Accident data shows no issues at this junction.”
Footpaths in Highfields Road, Bure Drive and Samphire Close ECC: “Does not meet exception criteria as these are estate paths and not ‘remote’ paths.”
- A resident in Coggeshall asked for lights near Myneer Park to be kept on because it is the main access to St Peter’s Primary School.
ECC said: “This is a small loop road; school usage after midnight would be negligible and therefore would not meet the exception criteria.”
- In Cressing, parish councillors voted in favour of keeping street lights switched on.
Councillors spoke of a fear crime would increase because the village is a low priority area for police.
ECC said: “None of the roads in Cressing meet the exception criteria.
“There are no exceptional reasons suggesting that the Council should depart from the proposed exception criteria.”
- Rivenhall Parish Council requested all-night lighting for: Four lights in the centre of the village
ECC: “Of these four, two are recommended to be changed to all night lighting as they are adjacent to a zebra crossing.”
Two lights at the junction of Oak Road
ECC: “This is not a conflict site and there are no exceptional features or other reasons justifying a departure from exception criteria.”
Lights next to the railway bridge in Oak Road
ECC: “These do not meet exception criteria.”
Two lights in St Mary’s Road at the junction with Tusser Close
ECC: “These lights are located on a estate road and do not meet exception criteria.”
A light opposite steps to bungalows in Oak Road
ECC: “This light incidentally provides lighting to steps which do not form part of the highway maintainable at the public expense.”
- Kelvedon Parish council requested lights next to the railway station are left on.
ECC said: “On review these lights are by a transport hub and therefore meet the exception criteria. Accordingly it is recommended that they are left on all night.”
Comments are closed on this article.