Basildon street lights are still lit - for now

Southend Standard: Basildon street lights are still lit - for now Basildon street lights are still lit - for now

THE controversial big street light switch off was delayed at the 11th hour.

Essex County Council’s decision to plunge most of Basildon into darkness between midnight and 5am was halted just hours before it was due to kick in on Saturday.

The switch-off was pushed back until further notice after Labour county councillor Ivan Henderson, who represents Harwich, in north Essex, called in the decision.

This means a council committee will have to reconsider the decision.

While it is likely the decision will be approved, changes could be made.

Mr Henderson said it was because the consultation process had been a “farce”.

John Dornan, Basildon councillor responsible for environment, said: “I welcome this call-in and will be looking closely at the outcome.

“People power is forcing County Hall to recognise that, to date, nothing has proven those lights should be turned off.

“I honestly believe Basildon is unique. We have non-traditional inward-facing housing. And we are trying to promote business. If we want to encourage growth in the area we have to keep the lights on and this is a backwards step.”

Street lights were originally set to go out on November 1, but County Hall postponed this as maps detailing which areas would be affected were not due out until the same day. The date was put back to November 18 and then again to November 25 while “further discussions” took place.

The decision was then put back indefinitely for more talks.

On January 20, it was announced council estates in Five Links, Felmores, Langdon Hills, Chalvedon, Pitsea 1/2/3 and Craylands would be temporarily spared from the switch-off.

This was so Basildon Council could prepare evidence saying why they should be considered an exception.

A two-year trial scheme on the A127, between the M25 and Southend, and part of the A13 – between Sadlers Farm and Five Bells, began on December 9 and will continue.

Rodney Bass, Essex highways boss, said: “We are giving due consideration to the consultation responses received from local residents and councillors, in addition to the emergency services, regarding the areas which they believe meet the exemption criteria.

“I appreciate their time and response with this.

“I am working with fellow councillors throughout the call-in process for the areas affected and I will listen carefully to their views prior to making a decision regarding the roll-out.

“Revised dates for areas that are affected by the call-in process will be published online when agreed.

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7:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Cant find the off switch? Perhaps Tony Ball has eaten it!
Cant find the off switch? Perhaps Tony Ball has eaten it! ThisYear
  • Score: 2

8:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Mattster says...

This is farcical, either do it or abandon it. Many areas in Essex are now on part night lighting and must be wondering how Basildon manages to avoid the switch off. This 'dubious' policy should be applied equally or not at all.
This is farcical, either do it or abandon it. Many areas in Essex are now on part night lighting and must be wondering how Basildon manages to avoid the switch off. This 'dubious' policy should be applied equally or not at all. Mattster
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Seasider90 says...

How ridiculous. Rayleigh has the lights off and its no big drama. In fact its great to have some proper darkness and its good for wildlife. Also what a total waste of money keeping lights on when the vast majority are asleep. Those that want them on pay for them!
How ridiculous. Rayleigh has the lights off and its no big drama. In fact its great to have some proper darkness and its good for wildlife. Also what a total waste of money keeping lights on when the vast majority are asleep. Those that want them on pay for them! Seasider90
  • Score: -7

9:43pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Thorp55 says...

To seasider 90, I hope you never need to go out after midnight in rayleigh! The path on crown hill is diabolical and in need of repair and how it can be justified switching off the main pathway from the station to Rayleigh town I don't know The trains from London run until gone 1am, so I suppose in your little world no one should either socialise after work, go to a show or out in London or work shifts? Don't say get a cab, because not everyone can afford it especially if regularly returning from work.Also if you only live a couple of hundred yards from station it's not far enough for a cab, but near enough to be assaulted or fall over on the dodgy path. Still anyone who does ,should sue the idiots on the council for a tidy sum.
To seasider 90, I hope you never need to go out after midnight in rayleigh! The path on crown hill is diabolical and in need of repair and how it can be justified switching off the main pathway from the station to Rayleigh town I don't know The trains from London run until gone 1am, so I suppose in your little world no one should either socialise after work, go to a show or out in London or work shifts? Don't say get a cab, because not everyone can afford it especially if regularly returning from work.Also if you only live a couple of hundred yards from station it's not far enough for a cab, but near enough to be assaulted or fall over on the dodgy path. Still anyone who does ,should sue the idiots on the council for a tidy sum. Thorp55
  • Score: 8

11:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

woolstone says...

If Basildon still have their lights on so should Rayleigh and the rest of Essex. Southend can keep their lights on these are unjust decisions either the whole of Essex is switched off or all areas should have their street lighting turned back on . Not everyone goes to bed at 10pm with their Horlicks like the councillors do. Midnight is too earlier to turn lights off as some people are returning home from work we are not all 9 - 5 workers. They should have repaired the potholes and the uneven pavements first for health and safety reasons. Rochford councillors at the moment are the worst we have ever had, I only wish we in Rayleigh could have our own council back and not be part of Rochford, don't forget who these people are when you vote next time.
If Basildon still have their lights on so should Rayleigh and the rest of Essex. Southend can keep their lights on these are unjust decisions either the whole of Essex is switched off or all areas should have their street lighting turned back on . Not everyone goes to bed at 10pm with their Horlicks like the councillors do. Midnight is too earlier to turn lights off as some people are returning home from work we are not all 9 - 5 workers. They should have repaired the potholes and the uneven pavements first for health and safety reasons. Rochford councillors at the moment are the worst we have ever had, I only wish we in Rayleigh could have our own council back and not be part of Rochford, don't forget who these people are when you vote next time. woolstone
  • Score: 6

7:13am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ian P says...

Seasider90 says... Those that want them on pay for them! Actually, despite some lights being turned off by ECC, we have all paid for them to be on up to the end of this financial year. Part of the council tax paid to ECC is to cover street lighting. Now they are turning lights off they should consider paying everyone affected a rebate.
Seasider90 says... Those that want them on pay for them! Actually, despite some lights being turned off by ECC, we have all paid for them to be on up to the end of this financial year. Part of the council tax paid to ECC is to cover street lighting. Now they are turning lights off they should consider paying everyone affected a rebate. Ian P
  • Score: 7

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