Lights stay on in Basildon estates following council's pleas

Echo: County councillor Melissa McGeorge and reisdent Jenny Thorpe in the Langdon Hills estate, where lights will stay on County councillor Melissa McGeorge and reisdent Jenny Thorpe in the Langdon Hills estate, where lights will stay on

Lights will stay on in six Basildon  estates after the council pleaded fo County Hall to spare the locations because of high crime.

Essex County Council agreed not to switch off the lights for the time being, but has told Basildon it needs to present evidence to support its claims.

For the time being, Chalvedon, Pitsea's 1,2,3 estate, Craylands, Felmores, Langdon Hills, and Five Links will have their lights kept on while County Hall looks into the impact of the big switch off elsewhere.

On January 31, 70 per cent of the borough's lights will go off between midnight and 5am.

Tony Ball, Basildon Council leader, brokered talks involving County Hall’s councillor responsible for transport, Rodney Bass. Mr Ball, with Tory councillor John Dornan and officers, met Mr Bass behind closed doors several times to plead their case.

The authority threatened to take County Hall to judicial review, claiming the county rushed through proposals without looking into the impact.

Mr Ball said: “We tried to make the point that turning out the lights in some areas would create a false saving for County Hall. We need to remember the lights should have gone off on November 1.

“I’m pleased County Hall has agreed to work with us and some estates will see their lights stay on.

“We will continue to work with them to see what the impact is for the rest of the borough.”

Mr Ball said they approached County Hall about estates with “special circumstances’’ because of crime issues.

The Echo asked for an interview with Mr Bass, but this was declined.

A County Hall spokesman said: “Being sensitive to local needs, we have made available the time for the borough council to submit evidence as to why a number of lights on these estates should not be incorporated into the scheme.”

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12:47pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

We know. You've already told us.
We know. You've already told us. Howard Cháse
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12:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

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[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: We know. You've already told us.[/p][/quote]http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/basildon/10949079 .Six_Basildon_estate s_protected_from_bla ckout____for_now/ from Monday. Howard Cháse
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4:34pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Choosey says...

Please do not generalise, the majority of Langdon Hills is not a 'council estate' and does not have a high crime rate, only a very small area, it would be helpful to know which areas will still have lighting.
Please do not generalise, the majority of Langdon Hills is not a 'council estate' and does not have a high crime rate, only a very small area, it would be helpful to know which areas will still have lighting. Choosey
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

The council will only turn lights of in private owned streets where tenants pay there own council tax They wont turn lights of in council estates As lots don't pay council tax as they get benefits. Then they say its because of crime in these estates to make it look good for the council.
The council will only turn lights of in private owned streets where tenants pay there own council tax They wont turn lights of in council estates As lots don't pay council tax as they get benefits. Then they say its because of crime in these estates to make it look good for the council. Britanniaman
  • Score: -1

5:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Choosey says...

How right you are perhaps if we stop paying our exorbitant council tax bill we will have our street lights left on!!!
How right you are perhaps if we stop paying our exorbitant council tax bill we will have our street lights left on!!! Choosey
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

Hope they slap a council tax hike on these crime ghettos, to pay for the extra electricity costs, areas which are affected by higher crime figures need to be accommodated of course, but not by the the whole area.
Hope they slap a council tax hike on these crime ghettos, to pay for the extra electricity costs, areas which are affected by higher crime figures need to be accommodated of course, but not by the the whole area. Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: -1

8:38pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

I see Labour getting back-slapped again .... and who was it who drew attention to this in the first place, that's right. NOT Labour.

A quick skim through the archives will show who really opposed this scheme from the first place - and revealed it to the public.

And it wasn't Labour.

Why do they take the credit for everything? Useless bunch of moaning minnies.

Try listening to them at a full council meeting. Bellyaching, Tweeting and scoffing their way through the proceedings.
I see Labour getting back-slapped again .... and who was it who drew attention to this in the first place, that's right. NOT Labour. A quick skim through the archives will show who really opposed this scheme from the first place - and revealed it to the public. And it wasn't Labour. Why do they take the credit for everything? Useless bunch of moaning minnies. Try listening to them at a full council meeting. Bellyaching, Tweeting and scoffing their way through the proceedings. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

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