Safety fears at lack of lighting

Basildon Recorder: Safety fears at lack of lighting Safety fears at lack of lighting

A “BURGLARY hot spot” has been left in the dark after a council cut down a street light without being able to afford a new one.

One of the only street lights in a Swanstead walkway Vange, has been removed, but will not be replaced until after April.

Another light which was broken for more than a month has only just been fixed by Essex County Council.

Furious resident Gavin Diani, 37, described it as “backwards”

and said his neighbour had been the victim of an attempted mugging earlier this month. Mr Diani, who lives in the road with his wife Gemma, 27, who is six months pregnant, and their two children, said: “I asked my neighbour if he saw who it was and he said he couldn’t see anything.

“Why would you chop down the old light if you didn’t know when you would replace it? The council is so backwards. I don’t understand the thought process.

“This is a dodgy area and not having street lights on is opening your door up for trouble.

This isn’t right. It isn’t safe.

“It’s already making us very uneasy – you can’t see anyone until you are on top of them.

“My wife doesn’t come home until 9.30pm. It makes me feel very nervous.”

A county council street lighting engineer said they were aware of the street light.

He said: “The faulty streetlight required special equipment to access it. It has been repaired. The other streetlight column was cut because it was deemed unsafe due to corrosion in a structural test last month.

It will be replaced in the new financial year.”

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1:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous.

Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money.

Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.
I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous. Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money. Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake. Kim Gandy

2:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

House dwellers could oh so easily fit their own PIR security lighting, if they feel intimidated by the dark, flat dwellers wont worry
House dwellers could oh so easily fit their own PIR security lighting, if they feel intimidated by the dark, flat dwellers wont worry You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

2:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out !
Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out ! You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

2:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous.

Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money.

Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.
*I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place*

Do you know anything about Freud?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous. Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money. Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.[/p][/quote]*I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place* Do you know anything about Freud? ThisYear

2:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous.

Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money.

Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.
*I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place*

Do you know anything about Freud?
PMSL
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous. Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money. Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.[/p][/quote]*I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place* Do you know anything about Freud?[/p][/quote]PMSL You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

2:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out !
WRONG!

The Council don't own any properties at all on Swanstead!
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out ![/p][/quote]WRONG! The Council don't own any properties at all on Swanstead! I-say-you-say

3:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

the25man says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous.

Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money.

Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.
Councils are not given money by Government in the amounts they use to get so cut backs occur. Street lighting is a luxury so if people really needed it then would they be prepared to pay for it as a separate tax. The answer to that would be a NO
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I keep seeing lighting stumps all over the place. I know Essex County Council has embarked on a ridiculous scheme to save money by plunging the county into darkness after midnight, just to kiss the @rse of the EU, but this is ridiculous. Getting rid of lights then taking their time to replace them. Then putting up the council tax. One less service for already beleaguered council tax payers, at an increased cost. Simplistic? Yes. That's right, simplistic... the facts speak for themselves. We are getting fewer services for more money. Time for Rodney Bass and co to stop this nonsense once and for all. Tell Brussels to poke its global warming obsession up its rear end and let's have a return to common sense for God's sake.[/p][/quote]Councils are not given money by Government in the amounts they use to get so cut backs occur. Street lighting is a luxury so if people really needed it then would they be prepared to pay for it as a separate tax. The answer to that would be a NO the25man

6:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Devils Advocate says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out !
Why bother commenting on here You'd? if you don't like what's being written don't look.
Or is that a bit harsh?
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: Anyway these are Council house dwellers, the state of that fence tells you that, therefore they get what they are given, Don't like it ? Move out ![/p][/quote]Why bother commenting on here You'd? if you don't like what's being written don't look. Or is that a bit harsh? Devils Advocate

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