Relief as pitch black underpass to be lit after 20 years

Echo: Let there be light – councillor Andrew Gordon by the subway Let there be light – councillor Andrew Gordon by the subway

A DARK and dingy underpass will finally be illuminated after 20 years as Basildon Council is to spend £6,000 on lighting.

For over two decades, the subway between Asda Eastgate, off Southernhay, and Kingswood open space, off Witchards, in Basildon, has been in darkness every evening as there are no lights.

Basildon councillor Andrew Gordon received complaints as residents felt uneasy using the passageway after dark.

Now the Labour councillor is celebrating after Basildon Council has pledged to spend £6,000 installing lighting to make the area safer. Mr Gordon, who represents Nethermayne ward, said the move was long overdue.

He said: “There hasn’t been a street light there for 20 years at least, maybe even longer, so it’s been a problem for a long, long time.

“I had quite a few residents upset about it because from about 6pm it is pitch black there, which is quite intimidating.

“Hopefully, having this light will help illuminate the area and so people feel safer using it after dark, which is the most important thing.”

The council said it hoped to have the street light installed shortly.

A spokesman said: “We have approved lighting to be installed in the underpass near the Asda roundabout, under the railway into Kingswood open space. The area is referred to as Middle Hall path.

“It will cost about £6,000.

However, these costs are yet to be finalised. We hope to have it installed before April.”

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4:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

runwellian says...

Veery creepy, not sure lighting will prevent muggins etc, but how many incidents have there been involving this tunnels?
Veery creepy, not sure lighting will prevent muggins etc, but how many incidents have there been involving this tunnels? runwellian
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5:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's always been unlit as far as I can remember and that's a lot longer than twenty years.

The smackheads that use the bushes on the Kingswood estate side to shoot up in will be delighted.
It's always been unlit as far as I can remember and that's a lot longer than twenty years. The smackheads that use the bushes on the Kingswood estate side to shoot up in will be delighted. Howard Cháse
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5:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Zero!
Zero! Living the La Vida Legra
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5:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

Sometimes smells funny in the mornings in that tunnel too, like a faint orange smell, weird
Sometimes smells funny in the mornings in that tunnel too, like a faint orange smell, weird LinfordsLunchbox
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10:11am Fri 28 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't forget that they turn the lights off at midnight though eh?
Don't forget that they turn the lights off at midnight though eh? Howard Cháse
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3:04pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

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Already been done.

Typical Labour bandwagoning again.

UKIP got there first last August as you will see from the above link.

Really? Labour always have to hitch a ride on someone else's bandwagon.

Cllr John Dornan's letter in the Echo on Friday was a corker too.

Back to the drawing board Labour, less time on Twitter and pretending to be me on this website - and more time doing what you are paid to do.. being public servants.
http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10595006 .Streetlights_needed _on_unlit_Basildon_p ath_to_deter_crimina ls/ Already been done. Typical Labour bandwagoning again. UKIP got there first last August as you will see from the above link. Really? Labour always have to hitch a ride on someone else's bandwagon. Cllr John Dornan's letter in the Echo on Friday was a corker too. Back to the drawing board Labour, less time on Twitter and pretending to be me on this website - and more time doing what you are paid to do.. being public servants. Kim Gandy
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3:06pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Oh and the only comments from me on here are done under my REAL name, NOT anything that involves commas or semi colons.

Some nutter is posing as me on here. Probably one of this lot because they all have the collective brains of a rocking horse.

If not them, somebody to do with them.

My name is always just Kim Gandy. No punctuation or embellishments of any kind.

Anything else you read is the work of the resident obsessive stalker.

Just thought I'd clear that up.
Oh and the only comments from me on here are done under my REAL name, NOT anything that involves commas or semi colons. Some nutter is posing as me on here. Probably one of this lot because they all have the collective brains of a rocking horse. If not them, somebody to do with them. My name is always just Kim Gandy. No punctuation or embellishments of any kind. Anything else you read is the work of the resident obsessive stalker. Just thought I'd clear that up. Kim Gandy
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