Sixteen complaints lodged about street lighting in a month

Braintree and Witham Times: Sixteen complaints lodged about street lighting in a month Sixteen complaints lodged about street lighting in a month

Sixteen people complained to Essex County Council about its street light policy in one month.

One person wrote directly to the chief executive and deputy chief executive about the lights, which have been turned off across Essex between midnight and 5am.

A further 15 people wrote to the cabinet member for highways about the policy in March this year, according to a freedom of information response.

Maldon and Uttlesford were the first districts to switch to part night lighting in 2007 and the last boroughs in the county were changed this year, resulting in more than 70 per cent of county council owned lights being off for five hours of the night.

The authority believes it will save £1m per year.

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2:53pm Fri 23 May 14

davedubya says...

So, out of a population of nearly 2 million people in Essex, only 16 people complained?

That's pretty good. Now the street light switch-off is no longer an issue, we can move on.
So, out of a population of nearly 2 million people in Essex, only 16 people complained? That's pretty good. Now the street light switch-off is no longer an issue, we can move on. davedubya
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5:23pm Fri 23 May 14

Ms Sue says...

Maybe you could advise what hours the staff at BDC work please?
The lights in some of their offices are on all through the night?
Do as I say, not as I do!?
Maybe you could advise what hours the staff at BDC work please? The lights in some of their offices are on all through the night? Do as I say, not as I do!? Ms Sue
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10:50pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Gingertwist says...

I wrote when the street lights were first switched off only to receive the reply that some areas in Colchester were regarded as having low crime. After the recent awful events happening in our town and the fear and worry that it is not safe to be out even in daylight something must be done. CCTV works better in lighted areas and maybe the next step would be to consider Solar powered lights. A long shot I know but at least it is free to run, just the initial start up cost to fund. The Council need to look closer to home when it comes to making savings.
I wrote when the street lights were first switched off only to receive the reply that some areas in Colchester were regarded as having low crime. After the recent awful events happening in our town and the fear and worry that it is not safe to be out even in daylight something must be done. CCTV works better in lighted areas and maybe the next step would be to consider Solar powered lights. A long shot I know but at least it is free to run, just the initial start up cost to fund. The Council need to look closer to home when it comes to making savings. Gingertwist
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