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More than 1,000 support petition to keep south Essex street lights on
MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition against plans to switch off street lights in south Essex.
Essex County Council is considering proposals to turn off about 70 per cent of the county’s street lights between midnight and 5am to save £14million and cut carbon emissions.
Canvey councillors launched a petition last month inviting residents to speak up against the plans after it emerged the county council will only be consulting emergency services and councils on the proposals.
Concerns have been raised the move could lead to more crime and antisocial behaviour.
In two weeks, more than 1,000 people in Castle Point have put their name to the campaign.
A petition needs 14,000 signatures to force it to go before a full meeting of Essex County Council for debate.
Dave Blackwell, leader of Canvey Independent Party, said: “So far, there has not been a single person we’ve asked who has not wanted to sign the petition.
“We have been up and down the town in shops, not just in Canvey, but across the borough, and have gained more than 1,000 signatures in a couple of weeks.
“Money should not have an effect on vital health and safety services. Crime is just going to go up and up, if these lights are switched off.”
The county council has been running a pilot scheme in Maldon and Uttlesford since 2007, which it claims has caused minimal change to crime and road collision rates and has saved about £70,000 per year.
Changing the way lights are switched on and off would cost £6million, as new switches would need to be fitted to allow them to be controlled remotely from a single location .
Mr Blackwell is hoping the petition gets the backing of Tory-run Castle Point Council to formally oppose County Hall’s plans.
He said: “I really hope the leading party will support it.”
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