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North Essex street light black out will save county hall £259,000
12:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
PLUNGING north Essex into darkness by turning off the majority of its street lights will save Essex County Council £259,000 a year, the Gazette can reveal.
The authority’s proposals to turn off residential street lights in the north of the county between midnight and 5am will begin in Colchester on November 1, with the blackout in the town saving £132,000 a year.
Tendring is set to follow in January 2014, saving £127,000 a year.
In Braintree, where lights were switched off at the beginning of this month, the county will save £90,000 a year.
In order to switch off the lights, Essex County Council has already spent £6million on installing remotes on lampposts.
Colchester Council will respond to a consultation on the switch-off, but will ask for it to be extended beyond the current September 27 deadline.
The proposals follow a part-night lighting pilot in Maldon and Uttlesford.
During the trial, both Essex Police and County Hall said recorded crime levels did not increase.
Under the scheme, street lights in town centres, at busy road junctions and in areas of high crime, will not be turned off.
Residents can have their say on the move by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by getting in touch with their borough councillor, who will pass on their views to County Hall.
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