John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay has spoken out over the proposed changes to street lighting in the borough.
Essex County Council is introducing part night street lighting in the Basildon Borough from November 1 2013. Lights will be switched off between midnight and 5am.
MP John Baron, although in support of the initiative, welcomes residents' suggestions and explains a full consultation is taking place.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Mr Baron told the Brentwood Gazette"]I am supportive of this initiative which reduces energy consumption, carbon emissions and costs. Pilot schemes elsewhere such as in Maldon and Uttlesford since 2007 show no evidence of increased crime – indeed, crime rates fell broadly in line with the national average. Before introducing Part Night Street Lighting, Essex County Council is consulting as to whether there should be exceptions to the proposals. I would therefore welcome suggestions as to why local roads should be exempted.Certain roads and areas will already be exempt, and residents should visit the Council's website for details before responding.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Information from the Essex Highways website"]"Essex Highways is currently installing a new device to all street lights that will allow us to control the lights remotely, from a central location, using a Central Management System (CMS). It will also tell us when there is a fault with the street light, so we will be able to respond to it more efficiently. However, just because a new device has been installed on a street light this does not mean it will be switched off during the night. Lighting for bus shelters, road signs, traffic bollards etc is not impacted by the part-night lighting proposal. It is anticipated that 70% of street lights in Essex will move to part-night lighting. For further information about the part-night street light operation, please visit the website: http://www.essexhighways.org/Street-Lighting/Part-Night-Lighting.aspx[/quote]
Article by Brentwood Gazette and information from Essex Highways.