Mugging fears as street lights go off

Southend Standard: Mugging fears as street lights go off Mugging fears as street lights go off

A CAMPAIGNER who fears Basildon will become a “mugger’s paradise” when the lights go out at night has collected a 500-strong petition opposing the move – all on her own.

June Berry, 57, has been out every day for the last month knocking on doors and collecting names around her neighbourhood in Pitsea.

Mrs Berry, who lives in Eastbrooks, soon hopes to get 1,000 names before she hands the document over to the authorities.

Essex County Council wants to switch street lights off between midnight and 5am, but the start date was delayed on November 25. A new date has not yet been set.

The switch-off has already happened in Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Colchester.

Mrs Berry said: “There will be so much crime. It will be a mugger’s paradise.

“There are so many people doing shift work and coming home all through the night and they disagree with it.

“Everyone I speak to is quite surprised to hear the lights are going out and they all say it’s nonsense.

“Doesn’t the council think of people’s safety?”

Mrs Berry sometimes even goes out twice a day to canvass.

She added: “I go and knock on doors every time I get the chance and my husband tries to help on weekends. I have been out in bad weather, but it has to be done.”

John Dornan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for environment, will send the completed petition to Rodney Bass, Essex County Council’s highways boss.

He said: “It is a fantastic effort and is just from one small area.

“It just goes to show if one person entirely working on their own can get 500 people to sign the petition, how many more people are out there feeling the same?

“A lot of people have missed the boat and didn’t realise there was a consultation. This petition carries an awful lot of weight and I will make sure Rodney Bass and council officers see this. We want a proper consultation because there will be thousands of people who don’t know about it.”

Essex County Council stood by its consultation which was carried out last September saying residents were given the chance to give their comments via their local councillors.

A spokeswoman said it would consider submitted petitions which raised new concerns.

She added: “We can assure residents that implementing part night lighting was not a decision that has been taken lightly.

“The scheme will deliver significant reductions to our energy consumption and related expenditure.”

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6:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

Money before safety and security. If street lights were so unnecessary why have they been in use in one way or another for some 200 years?
Money before safety and security. If street lights were so unnecessary why have they been in use in one way or another for some 200 years? John T Pharro

9:49pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Dan_ says...

If it doesn't go ahead, not only will they not be saving money but they've already wasted 6 million installing the control gear on every single lamp post they intend to switch off. Be interested to know if the 6 million was spent before or after the consultation? Does the echo know? Ask the council how they approved spending that money installing that equipment BEFORE a consultation had been held. See, they were always going to switch them off, regardless of public opinion, and they still will!
If it doesn't go ahead, not only will they not be saving money but they've already wasted 6 million installing the control gear on every single lamp post they intend to switch off. Be interested to know if the 6 million was spent before or after the consultation? Does the echo know? Ask the council how they approved spending that money installing that equipment BEFORE a consultation had been held. See, they were always going to switch them off, regardless of public opinion, and they still will! Dan_

10:09pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

The most idiotic idea to come out of County Hall yet.

All to appease the EU overlords.

Time these spineless twerps stood up to Brussels and shoved two fingers up.

There are better ways than this to save energy, like turning the air conditioning off in County Hall when they've all gone home... it's usually left on.. and stopping the chairman's chauffeur driven limo.

If they really looked properly they'd see many ways of saving money too. All their free lunches and junkets - all of them take energy to prepare - fridges, cookers etc.

The hypocrisy of this act is unbelievable. And yes, the poster above is right. £6..6 million wasted on saving £1m a year.

I'm no mathematical genius but.... well think about it.
The most idiotic idea to come out of County Hall yet. All to appease the EU overlords. Time these spineless twerps stood up to Brussels and shoved two fingers up. There are better ways than this to save energy, like turning the air conditioning off in County Hall when they've all gone home... it's usually left on.. and stopping the chairman's chauffeur driven limo. If they really looked properly they'd see many ways of saving money too. All their free lunches and junkets - all of them take energy to prepare - fridges, cookers etc. The hypocrisy of this act is unbelievable. And yes, the poster above is right. £6..6 million wasted on saving £1m a year. I'm no mathematical genius but.... well think about it. Kim Gandy

10:38pm Thu 2 Jan 14

lucy10 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
The most idiotic idea to come out of County Hall yet.

All to appease the EU overlords.

Time these spineless twerps stood up to Brussels and shoved two fingers up.

There are better ways than this to save energy, like turning the air conditioning off in County Hall when they've all gone home... it's usually left on.. and stopping the chairman's chauffeur driven limo.

If they really looked properly they'd see many ways of saving money too. All their free lunches and junkets - all of them take energy to prepare - fridges, cookers etc.

The hypocrisy of this act is unbelievable. And yes, the poster above is right. £6..6 million wasted on saving £1m a year.

I'm no mathematical genius but.... well think about it.
vote ukip
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: The most idiotic idea to come out of County Hall yet. All to appease the EU overlords. Time these spineless twerps stood up to Brussels and shoved two fingers up. There are better ways than this to save energy, like turning the air conditioning off in County Hall when they've all gone home... it's usually left on.. and stopping the chairman's chauffeur driven limo. If they really looked properly they'd see many ways of saving money too. All their free lunches and junkets - all of them take energy to prepare - fridges, cookers etc. The hypocrisy of this act is unbelievable. And yes, the poster above is right. £6..6 million wasted on saving £1m a year. I'm no mathematical genius but.... well think about it.[/p][/quote]vote ukip lucy10

11:36pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Seasider90 says...

How many people are actually about after 12? Very few so it makes sense to switch the lights off when the vast majority are in bed. Also muggers paradise? Carry a meaty torch and I think it'll put off any mugger and it's a nice legal weapon. How will we cope? Hhhmm - ask the people who live in the country - they've been managing it for years.
How many people are actually about after 12? Very few so it makes sense to switch the lights off when the vast majority are in bed. Also muggers paradise? Carry a meaty torch and I think it'll put off any mugger and it's a nice legal weapon. How will we cope? Hhhmm - ask the people who live in the country - they've been managing it for years. Seasider90

9:55am Fri 3 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Reading the many reports per year on this site of muggings there's plenty of it going on during daylight hours.

That's when there are more potential targets.

I doubt if turning the lights off will affect the statistics too much.

I agree with Kim Gandy with regard to better ways of saving money.

Cut the freebies etc.

If the Council gets it's own house in order first we might start listening to them a bit more.
Reading the many reports per year on this site of muggings there's plenty of it going on during daylight hours. That's when there are more potential targets. I doubt if turning the lights off will affect the statistics too much. I agree with Kim Gandy with regard to better ways of saving money. Cut the freebies etc. If the Council gets it's own house in order first we might start listening to them a bit more. Howard Cháse

11:48am Fri 3 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

John T Pharro wrote:
Money before safety and security. If street lights were so unnecessary why have they been in use in one way or another for some 200 years?
The Londoners managed during the blackout...
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: Money before safety and security. If street lights were so unnecessary why have they been in use in one way or another for some 200 years?[/p][/quote]The Londoners managed during the blackout... Nowthatsworthknowing

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