Petitions launched for our lights back

Southend Standard: Online – Michael Love has set up an online Online – Michael Love has set up an online

RESIDENTS in Wickford have clubbed together in an attempt to force County Hall into a streetlights U-turn.

Michael Love, 30, has had 1,700 people sign his online petition, demanding Essex County Council turn back on the lights in the town, after the majority of them were switched off between midnight and 5am.

His home in Keats Way was broken into just seven days before the blackout. He says he has been living in fear ever since.

Fellow resident Sandra Devine, of Harris Close, has also set up a petition.

She said Wickford was the poor relation compared to Basildon.

Six estates in Basildon and Pitsea have had their lights kept on after Basildon Council raised concerns residents’ lives could be at risk in high crime areas.

Mr Love said: “It’s certainly made me more fearful my house could be broken into again.

That’s why I decided to set up the petition.

“It’s not right and has left a lot of people vulnerable.

“Judging by the number of people who have signed my petition, residents are annoyed by it.”

County Hall will save about £222,000 a year by plunging Basildon into darkness.

Streetlights on major junctions and town centres have been kept turned on.

After negotiations, Basildon Council won a reprieve for Five Links, Felmores, Langdon Hills, Chalvedon, Pitsea 1/2/3, and Craylands estates.

But Ms Devine is upset lights have been turned off on the Wick estate, despite the area being riddled with alleyways.

She said: “Looking outside it’s not a little bit dark, it is pitch black. Talking to people here, a lot of residents are annoyed.

“Why have they turned all the lights off? Where is the common sense with that?

“I know family members who have to get up early to work in London and it’s concerning that my whole estate has its lights switched off.” Her petition is available to sign in the Tesco store, in Silva Island Way, Wickford.

People can sign Mr Love’s petition by going to http://tinyurl.com/o982647

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10:03am Wed 12 Mar 14

adamski22 says...

"His home in Keats Way was broken into just seven days before the blackout" - so it just proves the point that no matter if lights are on or off your house will be broken in to if thief want to do it.

Another note. I was driving through Southend another night between 2 and 3 am. I have not seen anyone one the streets. What a waste of money to have all those light on. Council should at least switch of every second one and I bet nobody would see difference. Personally I would like to see all light off.
"His home in Keats Way was broken into just seven days before the blackout" - so it just proves the point that no matter if lights are on or off your house will be broken in to if thief want to do it. Another note. I was driving through Southend another night between 2 and 3 am. I have not seen anyone one the streets. What a waste of money to have all those light on. Council should at least switch of every second one and I bet nobody would see difference. Personally I would like to see all light off. adamski22
  • Score: -9

10:54am Wed 12 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Quick. Start a Facebook group with a poorly spelled and grammatically incorrect title. Preferably with inappropriate apostrophes. ...
Quick. Start a Facebook group with a poorly spelled and grammatically incorrect title. Preferably with inappropriate apostrophes. ... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -6

11:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

woolstone says...

The majority want the lights back on there is only a few that like living in the Victorian era. Midnight is too earlier to turn the lights off.
The majority want the lights back on there is only a few that like living in the Victorian era. Midnight is too earlier to turn the lights off. woolstone
  • Score: 21

12:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

woolstone wrote:
The majority want the lights back on there is only a few that like living in the Victorian era. Midnight is too earlier to turn the lights off.
The majority will also moan and groan on just about anything.
I have to admit I was initially pessimistic about the idea, but to be honest I prefer the lights out, you see so much more of the night sky and it really has not hindered my life at all and I'm a night owl, often travelling home from London after the lights are switched off and walking home from the boozer on a few occasions, most people will adapt, a lot of people I see on my home have torches. I've also just spent a weekend away in the Norfolk Country side and there is absolutely no lights on any of the minor roads and it dosnt seem to have any adverse effect on the locals after discussing it with a few of them in the local pub. (I dont have a drink problem before any one asks). lol
[quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: The majority want the lights back on there is only a few that like living in the Victorian era. Midnight is too earlier to turn the lights off.[/p][/quote]The majority will also moan and groan on just about anything. I have to admit I was initially pessimistic about the idea, but to be honest I prefer the lights out, you see so much more of the night sky and it really has not hindered my life at all and I'm a night owl, often travelling home from London after the lights are switched off and walking home from the boozer on a few occasions, most people will adapt, a lot of people I see on my home have torches. I've also just spent a weekend away in the Norfolk Country side and there is absolutely no lights on any of the minor roads and it dosnt seem to have any adverse effect on the locals after discussing it with a few of them in the local pub. (I dont have a drink problem before any one asks). lol iknowbetter
  • Score: -4

4:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Turn them back on, and add a charge to their council tax...
Turn them back on, and add a charge to their council tax... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

5:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jolly77 says...

The point is they are not moaning and groaning and pontificating from high. They have actually got up and done something to try to change a situation they think is wrong. The people that were elected in to represent us don't appear to have consulted anyone. I for one will be remembering this in May they pop up asking me to vote for them.
The point is they are not moaning and groaning and pontificating from high. They have actually got up and done something to try to change a situation they think is wrong. The people that were elected in to represent us don't appear to have consulted anyone. I for one will be remembering this in May they pop up asking me to vote for them. Jolly77
  • Score: 13

7:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ShipShape says...

Hmm... iPad app..

Plan your way home and estimated speed, pay for the lights you need.

(!)
Hmm... iPad app.. Plan your way home and estimated speed, pay for the lights you need. (!) ShipShape
  • Score: -1

8:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

shrimpe says...

Jolly77 wrote:
The point is they are not moaning and groaning and pontificating from high. They have actually got up and done something to try to change a situation they think is wrong. The people that were elected in to represent us don't appear to have consulted anyone. I for one will be remembering this in May they pop up asking me to vote for them.
apart from the public consultation that occured late last year and was well publicsed on here and other local papers.
[quote][p][bold]Jolly77[/bold] wrote: The point is they are not moaning and groaning and pontificating from high. They have actually got up and done something to try to change a situation they think is wrong. The people that were elected in to represent us don't appear to have consulted anyone. I for one will be remembering this in May they pop up asking me to vote for them.[/p][/quote]apart from the public consultation that occured late last year and was well publicsed on here and other local papers. shrimpe
  • Score: 1

10:43am Fri 14 Mar 14

TigerRose says...

To all those selfish people who's attitude is pull up the ladder I'm alright. You would not be saying that you prefer the lights to be out if you had had an horrendous journey as I did when it was so foggy that it seemed as if someone had put a blanket over the car and there were no lights. All we were guided by was the marking at the side of the rode. This was as we were coming into Basildon, an on a main road. Essex Council should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of squandering our money they should make sensible cuts. I bet the councillors' who made this decision still have their lights on!!
To all those selfish people who's attitude is pull up the ladder I'm alright. You would not be saying that you prefer the lights to be out if you had had an horrendous journey as I did when it was so foggy that it seemed as if someone had put a blanket over the car and there were no lights. All we were guided by was the marking at the side of the rode. This was as we were coming into Basildon, an on a main road. Essex Council should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of squandering our money they should make sensible cuts. I bet the councillors' who made this decision still have their lights on!! TigerRose
  • Score: 1

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