Streetlights row continues one week after Castle Point switch-off

Echo: Bill Russell is far from impressed with Essex County Council Bill Russell is far from impressed with Essex County Council

ONE week after streetlights were turned off across Castle Point, cabbies and residents say the decision is plunging them into the dark ages.

Taxi firms and elderly residents have lashed out seven days after Essex County Council switched off the lights in the borough between midnight and 5am.

The controversial scheme was slammed by campaigners who are desperately trying to get County Hall to reverse the cost-saving measure.

Alf Papworth, 80, of Ashdown Crescent, Hadleigh, is the co-ordinator of the local neighbourhood watch and said he fears the amount of crime will increase.

“We have had around 18 crimes in the last couple of months and this number will surely increase. 95 per cent of the residents in this estate are pensioners and this will affect them more than most. Add in the fact that we are on the hill and I cannot understand why we are not one of the areas with lights still burning.”

Bill Russell, 63, of High Road, Benfleet, said he fails to understand the scheme.

“There are so many areas in the borough that are now out-of-bounds after dark. I suffer from spinal osteoarthritis and, should I ever be out at that time or returning from somewhere, I will have to have my torch on me. I may carry it around all the time just to be safe.

“My neighbours hide behind their curtains. It isn’t much fun.”

Suhed Ahmed, owner of A & N Taxis, in Edith Road, Canvey said his drivers were against the new scheme and passengers were also venting their frustrations.

He said: “It is a very difficult time for the drivers. After midnight we are unable to see numbers on doors and it is very low visibility anyway. With it being pitch black down the side roads we are having to be more cautious and these delays are consequently running up customers bills.

“It will only get worse as the months get busier. This is our quietest month so the coming months will prove to be more problematic.”

It is believed the project will save Essex County Council more than £1million a year – £64,000 in Castle Point - with almost a third of that sum, £20,000, saved in Canvey alone.

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10:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

I bet you still have to pay the same amount a year on your council tax if they turned the lights out outside my house i would want a cut on my council tax.
I bet you still have to pay the same amount a year on your council tax if they turned the lights out outside my house i would want a cut on my council tax. Britanniaman
  • Score: 7

11:01am Wed 22 Jan 14

Britanniaman says...

Also the council should fit solar power street lights this would save a lot of money in the end i am not sure but where i live i think they are solar powered as they have a clear round plastic thing on top of them but could be dark and light sensor ?.
Also the council should fit solar power street lights this would save a lot of money in the end i am not sure but where i live i think they are solar powered as they have a clear round plastic thing on top of them but could be dark and light sensor ?. Britanniaman
  • Score: 0

11:21am Wed 22 Jan 14

I See It All says...

Nice snap of Bill. The Echo photographer can only manage one pose - sourfaced.
Nice snap of Bill. The Echo photographer can only manage one pose - sourfaced. I See It All
  • Score: -1

2:28pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Alekhine says...

Great snap of a floating head.
Great snap of a floating head. Alekhine
  • Score: -2

4:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

steady_bloke says...

Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Is it not possible to switch every other light off? steady_bloke
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

steady_bloke says...

.......as a compromise?
.......as a compromise? steady_bloke
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

andypandy says...

All the council want is for you to put a light outside the front of your home to illuminate the road. that way they save whilst you spend more on electricity. If we got rid of a couple of councillors that would save money and the lights could go back on.
All the council want is for you to put a light outside the front of your home to illuminate the road. that way they save whilst you spend more on electricity. If we got rid of a couple of councillors that would save money and the lights could go back on. andypandy
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Wed 22 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

Council should switch to LED lighting.
Council should switch to LED lighting. MilesBond
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
[quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights? Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: -3

7:30pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mattster says...

steady_bloke wrote:
.......as a compromise?
There's lots of alternatives unfortunately ECC and Rodney Bass in particular are a bunch of arrogant, self serving cretins who forget who actually voted them into office. Please lets vote them out next election.
[quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: .......as a compromise?[/p][/quote]There's lots of alternatives unfortunately ECC and Rodney Bass in particular are a bunch of arrogant, self serving cretins who forget who actually voted them into office. Please lets vote them out next election. Mattster
  • Score: 2

7:56pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

Makes for a rather quaint, and almost victorian atmosphere, during the blackout period, only a shame it doesn't start earlier in the evening.
Makes for a rather quaint, and almost victorian atmosphere, during the blackout period, only a shame it doesn't start earlier in the evening. Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bazza 1 says...

Been there got the T shirt wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
Who would walk around ? People who work awkward night shifts. People who go out for the evening. Taxi drivers. Ambulance crews. Paramedics. Bus drivers going to or coming home from work. People working in supermarkets. The list goes on and on. I just hope people remember this when the county council elections come round. Street lighting was introduced for good reason. Safety. Now these nob heads are turning back the clock to pre Victorian times.
[quote][p][bold]Been there got the T shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?[/p][/quote]Who would walk around ? People who work awkward night shifts. People who go out for the evening. Taxi drivers. Ambulance crews. Paramedics. Bus drivers going to or coming home from work. People working in supermarkets. The list goes on and on. I just hope people remember this when the county council elections come round. Street lighting was introduced for good reason. Safety. Now these nob heads are turning back the clock to pre Victorian times. bazza 1
  • Score: 1

8:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mattster says...

Been there got the T shirt wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
People with things to do other than casually troll website forums?
[quote][p][bold]Been there got the T shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?[/p][/quote]People with things to do other than casually troll website forums? Mattster
  • Score: 0

2:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

Been there got the T shirt says...

bazza 1 wrote:
Been there got the T shirt wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
Who would walk around ? People who work awkward night shifts. People who go out for the evening. Taxi drivers. Ambulance crews. Paramedics. Bus drivers going to or coming home from work. People working in supermarkets. The list goes on and on. I just hope people remember this when the county council elections come round. Street lighting was introduced for good reason. Safety. Now these nob heads are turning back the clock to pre Victorian times.
TIS WHY THE HEADLAMP WAS INVENTED - FULL BEAM...DOH
[quote][p][bold]bazza 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Been there got the T shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?[/p][/quote]Who would walk around ? People who work awkward night shifts. People who go out for the evening. Taxi drivers. Ambulance crews. Paramedics. Bus drivers going to or coming home from work. People working in supermarkets. The list goes on and on. I just hope people remember this when the county council elections come round. Street lighting was introduced for good reason. Safety. Now these nob heads are turning back the clock to pre Victorian times.[/p][/quote]TIS WHY THE HEADLAMP WAS INVENTED - FULL BEAM...DOH Been there got the T shirt
  • Score: -3

9:22am Thu 23 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Mattster wrote:
Been there got the T shirt wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
People with things to do other than casually troll website forums?
So true, he must have had at least 5 echo logins already disabled. His name may have changed yet again but his moronic comments are still the same.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Been there got the T shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?[/p][/quote]People with things to do other than casually troll website forums?[/p][/quote]So true, he must have had at least 5 echo logins already disabled. His name may have changed yet again but his moronic comments are still the same. iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

9:22am Thu 23 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Mattster wrote:
Been there got the T shirt wrote:
steady_bloke wrote:
Is it not possible to switch every other light off?
Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years.
In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?
People with things to do other than casually troll website forums?
So true, he must have had at least 5 echo logins already disabled. His name may have changed yet again but his moronic comments are still the same.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Been there got the T shirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steady_bloke[/bold] wrote: Is it not possible to switch every other light off?[/p][/quote]Erm No, not without rewiring the whole system, at a cost far exceeding any possible saving, which would made in the next 5 years. In answer to some of the more simplistic gripes, who in their right mind, would wish to walk around after midnight, during these long Winter nights?[/p][/quote]People with things to do other than casually troll website forums?[/p][/quote]So true, he must have had at least 5 echo logins already disabled. His name may have changed yet again but his moronic comments are still the same. iknowbetter
  • Score: -2

1:14am Sun 26 Jan 14

>insert username here says...

There are so many people here that have no idea what they're on about it's actually quite funny, the same can be said for most of the comment sections on this site, just local nut jobs that decide their solution is so much better, well it might be better, for you. Just try and get a bit of perspective people!! The world doesn't revolve around you!! People need to realise that they are just one out of 7 billon voices, at the end of the day, nobody of any importance cares about me, you or your late night trips in the dark.
There are so many people here that have no idea what they're on about it's actually quite funny, the same can be said for most of the comment sections on this site, just local nut jobs that decide their solution is so much better, well it might be better, for you. Just try and get a bit of perspective people!! The world doesn't revolve around you!! People need to realise that they are just one out of 7 billon voices, at the end of the day, nobody of any importance cares about me, you or your late night trips in the dark. >insert username here
  • Score: 1

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