No relief in sight for the big Essex street light switch-off

Rodney Bass

Rodney Bass

First published in News

ESSEX streets will remain in darkness at night for the forseeable future because LED lights are “too expensive”.

An Essex County Council scrutiny committee, comprising councillors from different political backgrounds, was set up to discuss the controversial cost-cutting scheme which sees many lights switched off from midnight until 5am.

The group concluded that while LED lighting was too expensive at the moment, it will call on highways boss Rodney Bass to monitor the bulbs to see if they can be used in future.

According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442 – but the report concludes this would cost more than the Tory authority’s switch-off programme, which stands at £23,045 per light.

The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight.

Earlier this year, Southend Council rubber-stamped plans to spend £2.65million on replacing all streetlights in the borough with LED lamps, rather than switching off.

Byron Taylor, leader of Basildon Labour group, which opposed the switch-off, said: “We believe LED is a serious possibility based on the experience of Southend Council.

“Essex County Council could have also looked at turning off 50 per cent of streetlights, as this policy has been an unmitigated disaster.

“Basildon Labour is committed to turning the lights back on.”

Basildon’s streetlights went out in February, while Rochford and Castle Point’s were dimmed in January.

Overall, County Hall claims the project will save £1million a year.

Residents criticised the consultation process, as people were told to go through their local council, instead of straight to County Hall when giving feedback on the plans.

The scrutiny group has recommended the process becomes clearer if residents want to argue to have particular lamps turned back on. Mr Bass will respond to the review in the Autumn.

A County Hall spokesman said: “We have looked into the possibility of using LED lighting; however, this would not be economically viable for a county of our size at present. LED lighting is a new technology and the long-term performance is not yet known in practice.”

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9:35am Tue 1 Jul 14

bungies says...

"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442"
That works out to £648 per bulb!

I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia.
You just got to smile at such incompetence!
"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442" That works out to £648 per bulb! I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia. You just got to smile at such incompetence! bungies
  • Score: 31

9:38am Tue 1 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Byron Taylor, leader of Basildon Labour group, which opposed the switch-off, said: “We believe LED is a serious possibility based on the experience of Southend Council.

“Essex County Council could have also looked at turning off 50 per cent of streetlights, as this policy has been an unmitigated disaster.

“Basildon Labour is committed to turning the lights back on.”

More bandstanding from Basildon Labour. There are councillors in all parties that want the lights switched back on as has been reported in the Echo for months. Some are VERY outspoken on the subject, so let's not have this bunch making out they're the only ones concerned with it.

Anything to try and persuade the public they are a viable entity when all the time they're the biggest troublemakers going. Less tweeting rubbish and more working together as a cross party group with councillors from the "other side" instead of firing off insults and lies - and we might all get somewhere.

If they spent less time blathering on about the fictitious "coalition" and spent more time with their UKIP and Conservative colleagues in CO-OPERATION it might help things along a bit.

If the other parties can CO-OPERATE for the good of the people of Basildon, why can't they?

Time to get heads together, bury all the nastiness and time wasting rumour mongering and lying, insults and slander, instigated by Cllr Cockroach and come up with something that remotely resembles a plan good enough to justify the money they get from the public purse.

Less chit chat, more action.
Byron Taylor, leader of Basildon Labour group, which opposed the switch-off, said: “We believe LED is a serious possibility based on the experience of Southend Council. “Essex County Council could have also looked at turning off 50 per cent of streetlights, as this policy has been an unmitigated disaster. “Basildon Labour is committed to turning the lights back on.” More bandstanding from Basildon Labour. There are councillors in all parties that want the lights switched back on as has been reported in the Echo for months. Some are VERY outspoken on the subject, so let's not have this bunch making out they're the only ones concerned with it. Anything to try and persuade the public they are a viable entity when all the time they're the biggest troublemakers going. Less tweeting rubbish and more working together as a cross party group with councillors from the "other side" instead of firing off insults and lies - and we might all get somewhere. If they spent less time blathering on about the fictitious "coalition" and spent more time with their UKIP and Conservative colleagues in CO-OPERATION it might help things along a bit. If the other parties can CO-OPERATE for the good of the people of Basildon, why can't they? Time to get heads together, bury all the nastiness and time wasting rumour mongering and lying, insults and slander, instigated by Cllr Cockroach and come up with something that remotely resembles a plan good enough to justify the money they get from the public purse. Less chit chat, more action. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

9:42am Tue 1 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh?
they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh? ddf35
  • Score: 23

9:52am Tue 1 Jul 14

pendulum says...

Thank you for not only turning the lights off but wasting £6 million of taxpayer's money to do so. When you should have invested the money in LED lights or simply kept your £6million in the bank until LED lighting comes down in price which it will do in a few years.
Thank you for not only turning the lights off but wasting £6 million of taxpayer's money to do so. When you should have invested the money in LED lights or simply kept your £6million in the bank until LED lighting comes down in price which it will do in a few years. pendulum
  • Score: 21

9:53am Tue 1 Jul 14

pendulum says...

I notice the Castle Point Council offices are always well illuminated by spotlights 24/7.
I notice the Castle Point Council offices are always well illuminated by spotlights 24/7. pendulum
  • Score: 26

9:53am Tue 1 Jul 14

pendulum says...

You might want to work out why some of those lights stay on during daytime.
You might want to work out why some of those lights stay on during daytime. pendulum
  • Score: 23

9:59am Tue 1 Jul 14

Dan_ says...

ddf35 wrote:
they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh?
It's too late to even bother having this conversation!!? Dragging councillors to meeting is just a waste of time. The money is already spent, and the only way to claw it back like it or not... is to have the lights off.
I in principle don't have a problem with them being off tbh, but it really does irritate me that there was seemingly a complete lack of proper consultation with interested parties before they spent that money! Totally scandalous!
[quote][p][bold]ddf35[/bold] wrote: they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh?[/p][/quote]It's too late to even bother having this conversation!!? Dragging councillors to meeting is just a waste of time. The money is already spent, and the only way to claw it back like it or not... is to have the lights off. I in principle don't have a problem with them being off tbh, but it really does irritate me that there was seemingly a complete lack of proper consultation with interested parties before they spent that money! Totally scandalous! Dan_
  • Score: 1

10:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

News Bunny says...

"The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight."

Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight?
"The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight." Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight? News Bunny
  • Score: 28

10:43am Tue 1 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

News Bunny wrote:
"The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight."

Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight?
Streetlights in the part of the estate where I live that has so far been exempted from the big switch off as it's such a dodgy area don't even come on at all nowadays let alone be turned off at midnight.

Council Tax reduction please.
[quote][p][bold]News Bunny[/bold] wrote: "The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight." Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight?[/p][/quote]Streetlights in the part of the estate where I live that has so far been exempted from the big switch off as it's such a dodgy area don't even come on at all nowadays let alone be turned off at midnight. Council Tax reduction please. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 10

11:11am Tue 1 Jul 14

Mattster says...

News Bunny wrote:
"The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight."

Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight?
Not sensors and not really timers, they are wireless controllers.
[quote][p][bold]News Bunny[/bold] wrote: "The council spent £6million on installing sensors on lights so it can switch them off after midnight." Sensors? Surely they mean timers? What do sensors sense that happens at midnight? Is it a special kind of darkness after midnight?[/p][/quote]Not sensors and not really timers, they are wireless controllers. Mattster
  • Score: 7

11:14am Tue 1 Jul 14

Mattster says...

bungies wrote:
"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442"
That works out to £648 per bulb!

I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia.
You just got to smile at such incompetence!
It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit.
[quote][p][bold]bungies[/bold] wrote: "According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442" That works out to £648 per bulb! I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia. You just got to smile at such incompetence![/p][/quote]It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit. Mattster
  • Score: 12

11:41am Tue 1 Jul 14

andyh says...

Mattster wrote:
bungies wrote:
"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442"
That works out to £648 per bulb!

I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia.
You just got to smile at such incompetence!
It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit.
"How many council orkers does it take to change a streetlamp?"
To do it in a manner that complies with 'elf 'n safety regulations - probably at least three plus a "cherry-picker" truck. … and the process probably takes about an hour per lamp. That'll add another £100 per lamp before we even get to the burocracy. Purchasing the bulbs probably requires going through a tendering process which requires the production of an "operational requirement", an "open invitation to tender", and the rest of the process that'll take a good three months and a lot of paperwork (think what that costs). But at least it makes it less likely that the expenditure of public money will be affected by "brown envelopes" or secret handshakes. It's not incompetence, it's the law.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bungies[/bold] wrote: "According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442" That works out to £648 per bulb! I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia. You just got to smile at such incompetence![/p][/quote]It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit.[/p][/quote]"How many council orkers does it take to change a streetlamp?" To do it in a manner that complies with 'elf 'n safety regulations - probably at least three plus a "cherry-picker" truck. … and the process probably takes about an hour per lamp. That'll add another £100 per lamp before we even get to the burocracy. Purchasing the bulbs probably requires going through a tendering process which requires the production of an "operational requirement", an "open invitation to tender", and the rest of the process that'll take a good three months and a lot of paperwork (think what that costs). But at least it makes it less likely that the expenditure of public money will be affected by "brown envelopes" or secret handshakes. It's not incompetence, it's the law. andyh
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 1 Jul 14

cropped hero says...

'More bandstanding from Basildon Labour. There are councillors in all parties that want the lights switched back on as has been reported in the Echo for months. Some are VERY outspoken on the subject, so let's not have this bunch making out they're the only ones concerned with it.'

It is up to the Echo to ensure that a balanced view is presented. Clearly they didnt have any time to gain opinions from the other parties on Bas council or the parties themselves didnt have anything to say or were too busy doing whatever it is that Councillors do during the daytime.

Why do you have to turn every post into a right wing rant against the 'lefties' of Basildon?

I really do think that until you actually live in the Borough you should refrain from these hysterical rants ( and I dont mean hysterical in an amusing way).
'More bandstanding from Basildon Labour. There are councillors in all parties that want the lights switched back on as has been reported in the Echo for months. Some are VERY outspoken on the subject, so let's not have this bunch making out they're the only ones concerned with it.' It is up to the Echo to ensure that a balanced view is presented. Clearly they didnt have any time to gain opinions from the other parties on Bas council or the parties themselves didnt have anything to say or were too busy doing whatever it is that Councillors do during the daytime. Why do you have to turn every post into a right wing rant against the 'lefties' of Basildon? I really do think that until you actually live in the Borough you should refrain from these hysterical rants ( and I dont mean hysterical in an amusing way). cropped hero
  • Score: 3

12:39pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent news. Save our council tax!

And no, crime doesnt increase if the lights are turned off - that vast majority houses are broken in during daytime when people are at work. Thieves actually dont want to meet owners... they are not stupid.
Excellent news. Save our council tax! And no, crime doesnt increase if the lights are turned off - that vast majority houses are broken in during daytime when people are at work. Thieves actually dont want to meet owners... they are not stupid. Jack222
  • Score: -13

12:51pm Tue 1 Jul 14

John Right says...

Love the dark, so many possibilities...
Love the dark, so many possibilities... John Right
  • Score: -16

2:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

andyh says...

The police are more likely to have access to good night-vision goggles than the criminals.
The police are more likely to have access to good night-vision goggles than the criminals. andyh
  • Score: -1

2:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

ddf35 says...

Dan_ wrote:
ddf35 wrote:
they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh?
It's too late to even bother having this conversation!!? Dragging councillors to meeting is just a waste of time. The money is already spent, and the only way to claw it back like it or not... is to have the lights off.
I in principle don't have a problem with them being off tbh, but it really does irritate me that there was seemingly a complete lack of proper consultation with interested parties before they spent that money! Totally scandalous!
I wasnt starting a conversation, just stating EH? at what had been done.

the switch off hasnt actually affected me really as yet, was just amazed at the idea of spending £6million to save money!
[quote][p][bold]Dan_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ddf35[/bold] wrote: they spent £6million to install the sensors so they could save money? eh?[/p][/quote]It's too late to even bother having this conversation!!? Dragging councillors to meeting is just a waste of time. The money is already spent, and the only way to claw it back like it or not... is to have the lights off. I in principle don't have a problem with them being off tbh, but it really does irritate me that there was seemingly a complete lack of proper consultation with interested parties before they spent that money! Totally scandalous![/p][/quote]I wasnt starting a conversation, just stating EH? at what had been done. the switch off hasnt actually affected me really as yet, was just amazed at the idea of spending £6million to save money! ddf35
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Tue 1 Jul 14

roger moore says...

maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back.
maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back. roger moore
  • Score: 22

4:34pm Tue 1 Jul 14

John Bull 40 says...

Mattster wrote:
bungies wrote:
"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442"
That works out to £648 per bulb!

I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia.
You just got to smile at such incompetence!
It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit.
Perhaps you will install them for nothing, or is it not so bad having the lights off.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bungies[/bold] wrote: "According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442" That works out to £648 per bulb! I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia. You just got to smile at such incompetence![/p][/quote]It's classic council imcompetence, a quick google finds high quality 210 watt LED streetlight heads for £200 and with the volume the council would be buying it would probably work out about £150 per unit.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you will install them for nothing, or is it not so bad having the lights off. John Bull 40
  • Score: -9

11:39pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Stephen Robinson says...

bungies wrote:
"According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442"
That works out to £648 per bulb!

I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia.
You just got to smile at such incompetence!
No, that is the cost of installing 50 new lampposts with LED lights. Compared to £23,045 for 50 new lampposts i.e. just £187.94 more expensive per post. Got to be worth considering.
[quote][p][bold]bungies[/bold] wrote: "According to council officers, installing LED bulbs on 50 lamps would cost £32,442" That works out to £648 per bulb! I thought this sorta thing only happened in Russia. You just got to smile at such incompetence![/p][/quote]No, that is the cost of installing 50 new lampposts with LED lights. Compared to £23,045 for 50 new lampposts i.e. just £187.94 more expensive per post. Got to be worth considering. Stephen Robinson
  • Score: 0

11:43pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Stephen Robinson says...

roger moore wrote:
maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back.
The Conservative majority on the Audit Committee are recommending no action against Lord Hanningfield. They should not give up so easily.
[quote][p][bold]roger moore[/bold] wrote: maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back.[/p][/quote]The Conservative majority on the Audit Committee are recommending no action against Lord Hanningfield. They should not give up so easily. Stephen Robinson
  • Score: 9

9:29am Wed 2 Jul 14

johanuk says...

Ihave installed LED bulbs in my home and they cost me £3.50 each!, ok it is on a small scale but they only use 3 WATTS of electricity EACH !!!.........so eventually they will pay for themselves!! It's not rocket-science!! Plus they are supposed to last 10-15 years and they give a brighter light and do not get hot! I am more than happy!
Ihave installed LED bulbs in my home and they cost me £3.50 each!, ok it is on a small scale but they only use 3 WATTS of electricity EACH !!!.........so eventually they will pay for themselves!! It's not rocket-science!! Plus they are supposed to last 10-15 years and they give a brighter light and do not get hot! I am more than happy! johanuk
  • Score: 9

12:35pm Wed 2 Jul 14

onorris24 says...

I think they should cut their losses and turn them back on, with the intention of replacing them with energy efficient, cheaper lights. its disgraceful that people can't do anything about it despite the overwhelming majority of people wanting the lights to stay on.
I think they should cut their losses and turn them back on, with the intention of replacing them with energy efficient, cheaper lights. its disgraceful that people can't do anything about it despite the overwhelming majority of people wanting the lights to stay on. onorris24
  • Score: 17

6:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Since when has politicians taken any notice of what the public want ?

Since when have Council employed managers taken any real notice of Politicians want ?

Yet again it will take bad things to happen before both Council employed managers and Politicians are embarrassed into actually doing what the public want.

Then it will yet again turn into a blame game, blame the Police for not carrying out enough patrols, blame the council for switching the lights off, blame The Politicians for ordering the turn off.

BLAME! BLAME! BLAME ! It's all a big game.
Since when has politicians taken any notice of what the public want ? Since when have Council employed managers taken any real notice of Politicians want ? Yet again it will take bad things to happen before both Council employed managers and Politicians are embarrassed into actually doing what the public want. Then it will yet again turn into a blame game, blame the Police for not carrying out enough patrols, blame the council for switching the lights off, blame The Politicians for ordering the turn off. BLAME! BLAME! BLAME ! It's all a big game. alarminstaller
  • Score: 1

9:28am Thu 3 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

andyh wrote:
The police are more likely to have access to good night-vision goggles than the criminals.
Andyh, probably the reverse is true, and the crooks are better prepared than the police. The only police equipped with that kind of technology that I know of, are the special armed response teams.
[quote][p][bold]andyh[/bold] wrote: The police are more likely to have access to good night-vision goggles than the criminals.[/p][/quote]Andyh, probably the reverse is true, and the crooks are better prepared than the police. The only police equipped with that kind of technology that I know of, are the special armed response teams. bazza 1
  • Score: 4

9:41am Thu 3 Jul 14

bazza 1 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Excellent news. Save our council tax!

And no, crime doesnt increase if the lights are turned off - that vast majority houses are broken in during daytime when people are at work. Thieves actually dont want to meet owners... they are not stupid.
Have you ever thought that burglary is not the only criminal activity that people might be concerned about ? How about criminal damage, vandalism, anti social activity, car theft, mugging, assault, sexual assault ? What about peoples feelings of safety as they go about their business, be that work or social activity? What about safety for people using the roads, be that in cars or on foot or on a bike? The roads and footpaths are in a bad state of repair, at least where I live, and are full of pot holes and lumps. Just a thought you might like to consider.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Excellent news. Save our council tax! And no, crime doesnt increase if the lights are turned off - that vast majority houses are broken in during daytime when people are at work. Thieves actually dont want to meet owners... they are not stupid.[/p][/quote]Have you ever thought that burglary is not the only criminal activity that people might be concerned about ? How about criminal damage, vandalism, anti social activity, car theft, mugging, assault, sexual assault ? What about peoples feelings of safety as they go about their business, be that work or social activity? What about safety for people using the roads, be that in cars or on foot or on a bike? The roads and footpaths are in a bad state of repair, at least where I live, and are full of pot holes and lumps. Just a thought you might like to consider. bazza 1
  • Score: 9

10:28am Thu 3 Jul 14

roger moore says...

Stephen Robinson wrote:
roger moore wrote:
maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back.
The Conservative majority on the Audit Committee are recommending no action against Lord Hanningfield. They should not give up so easily.
funny because if it was some vulnerable person who is sick disabled or unemployed the tories would come down on them like a ton of bricks. the tories are a party who are only interested in looking after the rich.
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Robinson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roger moore[/bold] wrote: maybe we would be able to afford LED lighting if we made the likes of Lord Hanningfield pay back everything they have scrounged and got away with over the years back.[/p][/quote]The Conservative majority on the Audit Committee are recommending no action against Lord Hanningfield. They should not give up so easily.[/p][/quote]funny because if it was some vulnerable person who is sick disabled or unemployed the tories would come down on them like a ton of bricks. the tories are a party who are only interested in looking after the rich. roger moore
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Poverty29 says...

This situation is a no brainer. We need light at night for various reasons, safety and common sense.
Castle point have dimmed their lights, hmm divide in rich and poor areas ?. To turn off lights at night is a criminal act in itself. Alot of people are afraid at going out after dark as it is without making it impossible to see whilst doing so.
Ok so these LED lights are a fortune, so stick to what we know, Researching this and planning this has not saved a single penny so far, Council tax will never go down as a result so thats a non starter.
Save street lighting !!!!
This situation is a no brainer. We need light at night for various reasons, safety and common sense. Castle point have dimmed their lights, hmm divide in rich and poor areas ?. To turn off lights at night is a criminal act in itself. Alot of people are afraid at going out after dark as it is without making it impossible to see whilst doing so. Ok so these LED lights are a fortune, so stick to what we know, Researching this and planning this has not saved a single penny so far, Council tax will never go down as a result so thats a non starter. Save street lighting !!!! Poverty29
  • Score: 5

4:38pm Sat 5 Jul 14

news4us says...

Another example of this silly policy and the clown defending it.
The answer is clear vote for who ever brings back safety with lights on not just in so called rich areas, as is the case with the way most Castle Point policies are delivered - Scrub Lane speed bumps again?
Another example of this silly policy and the clown defending it. The answer is clear vote for who ever brings back safety with lights on not just in so called rich areas, as is the case with the way most Castle Point policies are delivered - Scrub Lane speed bumps again? news4us
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Mon 7 Jul 14

mr_happy says...

I moved to Wales a couple of years ago, but returned last Christmas for a couple of weeks. I arrived in Essex late at night to stay with my partners family in Benfleet. Both her and I could not believe it when we turned off the A13 and hit total darkness. It was like another world and a very dangerous one. This has got to be the most stupid idea ever to be implemented by any authority. In this day and age with all the technology and all the research that has gone into developing street lighting, only to not use it well, I am gobsmacked...... We are suffering cut-backs here in Wales, like is the country as a whole, but the roads are in tip-top condition and well lit. Considering I lived there for 53 years, I would never wish to return to Southend, the council have ruined it.
I moved to Wales a couple of years ago, but returned last Christmas for a couple of weeks. I arrived in Essex late at night to stay with my partners family in Benfleet. Both her and I could not believe it when we turned off the A13 and hit total darkness. It was like another world and a very dangerous one. This has got to be the most stupid idea ever to be implemented by any authority. In this day and age with all the technology and all the research that has gone into developing street lighting, only to not use it well, I am gobsmacked...... We are suffering cut-backs here in Wales, like is the country as a whole, but the roads are in tip-top condition and well lit. Considering I lived there for 53 years, I would never wish to return to Southend, the council have ruined it. mr_happy
  • Score: 2

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