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Street lights set to be switched off
7:10am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
PARTS of Brentwood will be plunged into late night darkness as plans to switch off streetlights move forward.
Bosses at Essex County Council have announced they are looking to turn lights out daily around the borough between midnight and 5am from February 1.
The move comes as the authority introduces the scheme, which is set to save £1million a year in energy bills across the county.
Uttlesford and Maldon were the first districts to trial the switch off in 2007, before it was brought in to Chelmsford and Braintree at the start of this month.
Exceptions to the scheme will include town centres, key road junctions, accident blackspots, bus shelters, road signs and traffic bollards.
But Brentwood South county councillor David Kendall said: “I am sure many residents living in those areas (where lights will be turned off) will have serious concerns about potential increases in crime and anti social behaviour.
“There are also serious concerns, with so many of our roads still littered with potholes and many footpaths in urgent need of repair.
"While I welcome this consultation I hope it is one that genuinely listens to people.”
County council officials said statistics from other areas where this has already been rolled out showed “no negative impact” on crime or road collisions.
Rodney Bass, councillor responsible for highways and transportation, said the switch-off will make Essex greener while saving money in the process. The consultation is running until September 27.
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