Streetlights in six Basildon estates will remain on... for now.

Essex County Council will press ahead with turning off the majority of the borough's streetlights on January 31, but following pleas from Basildon Council, several estates will be protected while further research is carried out.

So while the rest of the borough is plunged into darkness at the end of the month, lights will remain on in Five Links, Felmores, Langdon Hills, Chalvedon, Pitsea 1/2/3 and Craylands.

For the full story, read tomorrow's Basildon Echo.