"Follow-us" call from Essex County Council on streetlights switch-off branded "disgraceful"

Echo: "Follow-us" call from Essex County Council on streetlights switch-off branded "disgraceful" "Follow-us" call from Essex County Council on streetlights switch-off branded "disgraceful"

A PROPOSAL to lobby councils and businesses to follow in County Hall’s footsteps on streetlights has been branded “outrageous’’.

One of the recommendations of the county council’s scrutiny group is that the council’s cabinet should launch a “major’’ publicity campaign to persuade authorities, public services, and businesses to follow the council in turning out their lights.

It is not known whether that will mean lobbying them to encourage them to turn lights off over the same time period as the county council, or which councils will be targeted.

In Essex, there are two unitary authorities – Thurrock and Southend.

Byron Taylor, leader of Basildon Labour Party, said: “This is outrageous.

“Basildon residents know this has been a shoddy policy and to tell Southend and Thurrock to turn their lights off is disgraceful.”

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2:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

ECC have been totally embarrased by Thurrock and Southend, so not surprising they say this now. LED was obviously the way to go but the £6m was spent on sensors before the end of the consultation period so it was obviously a foregone conclusion despite so little support for the plan.
The fact that they left the lights on for two weekends during stormy February is an acknowledgement that's it dangerous. You can't see clearly enough in the dry, let alone rain and fog, and heaven help us when it snows as it no doubt will at some point.
ECC is failing in its duty of care to residents and has been lucky not to have faced an avalanche of claims, at least yet.
The fact that they wouldn't even leave them on in Chelmsford for New Years Eve shows they have an agenda, and safety obviously isn't it.
ECC have been totally embarrased by Thurrock and Southend, so not surprising they say this now. LED was obviously the way to go but the £6m was spent on sensors before the end of the consultation period so it was obviously a foregone conclusion despite so little support for the plan. The fact that they left the lights on for two weekends during stormy February is an acknowledgement that's it dangerous. You can't see clearly enough in the dry, let alone rain and fog, and heaven help us when it snows as it no doubt will at some point. ECC is failing in its duty of care to residents and has been lucky not to have faced an avalanche of claims, at least yet. The fact that they wouldn't even leave them on in Chelmsford for New Years Eve shows they have an agenda, and safety obviously isn't it. Touch79
  • Score: 9

2:33pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Sellies says...

simple turn lights and get lord Hanningfield to pay to the tune of £50,000.
(the amount he owes Essex County Council

I am sure my home insurance will increase if they street lights are switched off..
simple turn lights and get lord Hanningfield to pay to the tune of £50,000. (the amount he owes Essex County Council I am sure my home insurance will increase if they street lights are switched off.. Sellies
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Street lights ... they are so poor, been in place since the 30's, I didn't realise we had any!

I am sure fake lord Hanningfiled will glady return the money he owes tax payers then all out street lighting can be upgraded, not just switched on!
Street lights ... they are so poor, been in place since the 30's, I didn't realise we had any! I am sure fake lord Hanningfiled will glady return the money he owes tax payers then all out street lighting can be upgraded, not just switched on! runwellian
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Erastothenes says...

Why is it that it is considered expedient not to pursue Lord Hanningfield for the £55, 000, and then we apparently can't afford to keep the street lights on all night? Surely justice should be done regardless of costs, and not form part of an economic calculation.
Why is it that it is considered expedient not to pursue Lord Hanningfield for the £55, 000, and then we apparently can't afford to keep the street lights on all night? Surely justice should be done regardless of costs, and not form part of an economic calculation. Erastothenes
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Sellies says...

I have seen the Sheriff is coming on the TV £60 writ and away they go.

house of cards, Lord Hanningfield will name names
I have seen the Sheriff is coming on the TV £60 writ and away they go. house of cards, Lord Hanningfield will name names Sellies
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Tue 1 Jul 14

cairoqueen says...

Why are we always kept in the dark ? We pay taxes and then some ,we are entitled to be safe especially when the nights draw in.
Why are we always kept in the dark ? We pay taxes and then some ,we are entitled to be safe especially when the nights draw in. cairoqueen
  • Score: 9

10:47am Wed 2 Jul 14

Chris Flunk says...

I think the council should leave our night-lights on and also provide a free monster-under-the-be
d checking service.
I think the council should leave our night-lights on and also provide a free monster-under-the-be d checking service. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 3

12:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

cairoqueen wrote:
Why are we always kept in the dark ? We pay taxes and then some ,we are entitled to be safe especially when the nights draw in.
Yes we pay taxes but the bottom line is what other services do we sacrifice in order to have the street lights back on? Because that's exactly what will need to happen, like it or not Councils across the Country have to save money and there is only one way this can be achieved and that's to cut services, the question is what services do they cut. Police? Fire?, ambulance? Or services for the old and infirm, the list is endless but the real question is it really that big a deal having no street lights during times it's less likely to impact people. People can go on about the rise in crime that they assume will happen when the lights are off but they don't seem to produce any evidence to support it. In fact figures show a drop in crime during these hours.
[quote][p][bold]cairoqueen[/bold] wrote: Why are we always kept in the dark ? We pay taxes and then some ,we are entitled to be safe especially when the nights draw in.[/p][/quote]Yes we pay taxes but the bottom line is what other services do we sacrifice in order to have the street lights back on? Because that's exactly what will need to happen, like it or not Councils across the Country have to save money and there is only one way this can be achieved and that's to cut services, the question is what services do they cut. Police? Fire?, ambulance? Or services for the old and infirm, the list is endless but the real question is it really that big a deal having no street lights during times it's less likely to impact people. People can go on about the rise in crime that they assume will happen when the lights are off but they don't seem to produce any evidence to support it. In fact figures show a drop in crime during these hours. iknowbetter
  • Score: -8

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