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Basildon's great street lights switch-off won't happen...for now
6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
BASILDON’S street lights will remain on for the time being after County Hall put back the switch-off date.
On Friday, 70 per cent of the borough’s lamps were due to be turned off between midnight and 5am as part of Essex County Council’s part-night street lighting project.
The scheme will save the authority £220,000 a year in Basildon, but critics have labelled it cost-cutting at the expense of public safety.
The date has been put back to Monday, November 18, to give residents a chance to take in the street light plans, which will be published on Friday.
Kerry Smith, county councillor for Westley Heights, in Basildon, said: “County Hall should have held a proper consultation with residents, without the scheme being rushed through without listening to residents.
“They should hold fire on turning off the lights and hold a proper consultation so there is sufficient time to listen to residents’ concerns.”
Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, said: “The consultation period gives local councillors and the emergency services the opportunity to put forward areas which they believe meet the exemption criteria and we are considering all responses received.”
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