Streets given light switch-off reprieve ahead of Colchester launch

Essex County Standard: Streets given light switch-off reprieve ahead of Colchester launch Streets given light switch-off reprieve ahead of Colchester launch

A NUMBER of streets in Colchester have been given a reprieve when lights start going out.

Essex County Council will turn off seven out of ten streetlights between midnight and 5am, starting on Sunday.

The switch-off was due to start on November 18, but the scheme was delayed after councillors forced County Hall to have a rethink on number of streets.

Some of them will continue to have lights on overnight following a review.

Colchester’s New Town estate has come out best, with lights in Magdalen Street, Barrack Street, Military Road, Wimpole Road, Brook Street and Hythe Hill staying on.

Teresa Higgins, borough councillor for New Town, said: “I requested certain streets were kept lit because they were through routes to the town centre and some of the roads are covered by CCTV which doesn’t work unless it is light.”

Lights in Maldon Road, Butt Road, Mersea Road and Beaconsfield Avenue will also stay on.

The path following the town wall around Castle Park will continue to be lit all night.

Footpaths in Mile End, linking Hugh Dickson Road to Mile End Road and the station walkway from Propelair Way along the Bergholt Road allotment site will also stay on. One light will be left on in Rowhedge, at a point where the river is next to the High Street.

Streetlamps on a path often used by Essex University students walking along Salary Brook will also stay on.

Streets around the Dutch Quarter, which are covered by CCTV, are still under review.

Calls for an exemption in Wivenhoe has been rejected, despite concerns for the students who return to the town late at night from Essex University.

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8:26am Sat 30 Nov 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated?
Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated? No! I am Spartacus

11:42am Sat 30 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated?
I wonder who has "close associations" with the company who went round changing the many 1000`s of streetlight top control units from light activated to radio signal activated ones.
If your street light now has a new pointy bit on top,
you have a black outlook,
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated?[/p][/quote]I wonder who has "close associations" with the company who went round changing the many 1000`s of streetlight top control units from light activated to radio signal activated ones. If your street light now has a new pointy bit on top, you have a black outlook, tomtheDJ

11:45am Sat 30 Nov 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated?
I wonder who has "close associations" with the company who went round changing the many 1000`s of streetlight top control units from light activated to radio signal activated ones.
If your street light now has a new pointy bit on top,
you have a black outlook,
Which means it will be off at night? Super... one right outside my house.
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder if the council have a clue about organising something.... if they can't agree on streetlights competently, what hope anything slightly more complicated?[/p][/quote]I wonder who has "close associations" with the company who went round changing the many 1000`s of streetlight top control units from light activated to radio signal activated ones. If your street light now has a new pointy bit on top, you have a black outlook,[/p][/quote]Which means it will be off at night? Super... one right outside my house. No! I am Spartacus

8:15pm Sat 30 Nov 13

PROOFREADER says...

Since when has New Town been an estate?
Since when has New Town been an estate? PROOFREADER

12:14am Sun 1 Dec 13

Boris says...

PROOFREADER wrote:
Since when has New Town been an estate?
Siunce the 1860s.
[quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: Since when has New Town been an estate?[/p][/quote]Siunce the 1860s. Boris

12:20am Sun 1 Dec 13

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
PROOFREADER wrote:
Since when has New Town been an estate?
Siunce the 1860s.
Correction: since 1878. See:
http://www.british-h
istory.ac.uk/report.
aspx?compid=21988
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PROOFREADER[/bold] wrote: Since when has New Town been an estate?[/p][/quote]Siunce the 1860s.[/p][/quote]Correction: since 1878. See: http://www.british-h istory.ac.uk/report. aspx?compid=21988 Boris

10:12am Sun 1 Dec 13

mirokou says...

People will begin to realise what a beautiful night sky we have.....Lets be honest we don't need to light every single road ,close , cul de sac at night. Do we really believe that Mr nasty is on every street corner waiting to pounce. Lights will go out , areas reviewed , considered... A few years from now it will be the norm.
People will begin to realise what a beautiful night sky we have.....Lets be honest we don't need to light every single road ,close , cul de sac at night. Do we really believe that Mr nasty is on every street corner waiting to pounce. Lights will go out , areas reviewed , considered... A few years from now it will be the norm. mirokou

1:33am Mon 2 Dec 13

loggin says...

Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this
Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this loggin

1:38pm Mon 2 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

loggin wrote:
Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this
Buy a torch?
[quote][p][bold]loggin[/bold] wrote: Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this[/p][/quote]Buy a torch? SAndrewss

6:40pm Mon 2 Dec 13

seikothrill says...

loggin wrote:
Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this
Eat some carrots
[quote][p][bold]loggin[/bold] wrote: Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this[/p][/quote]Eat some carrots seikothrill

6:41pm Mon 2 Dec 13

seikothrill says...

loggin wrote:
Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this
Eat some carrots
[quote][p][bold]loggin[/bold] wrote: Well its only just gone 1 here and its absolutely pitch black outside, how the **** are you meant to walk back from the shop, pub/club or a friends without falling arse over tit in this[/p][/quote]Eat some carrots seikothrill

8:05pm Mon 2 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

buy a bike with lights on it...


dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night,
you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are..


and dont forget
"always walk on the right side of life"
de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum
always walk on the right side of life,
lol
read the highway code about walking in the dark..
buy a bike with lights on it... dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night, you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are.. and dont forget "always walk on the right side of life" de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum always walk on the right side of life, lol read the highway code about walking in the dark.. tomtheDJ

9:43pm Mon 2 Dec 13

loggin says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
buy a bike with lights on it...


dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night,
you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are..


and dont forget
"always walk on the right side of life"
de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum
always walk on the right side of life,
lol
read the highway code about walking in the dark..
"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again.

P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking.

P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: buy a bike with lights on it... dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night, you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are.. and dont forget "always walk on the right side of life" de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum always walk on the right side of life, lol read the highway code about walking in the dark..[/p][/quote]"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again. P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking. P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence loggin

12:45am Tue 3 Dec 13

sarahgardner1986 says...

lol welcome to colchester!! The roads have been designed by people that DONT drive! The council workers obviously have never had any form of education or common sense!! Putting elderly people in areas with mentally disturbed people and drug abusers!!! Then finally to cap all of it to 'Save electricity' they turn the street lights off!!! Congratulations Colchester Council for your perfect run of pure **** ups!!! When the first person gets beaten up, rapped or even murdered for your actions I for one will be backing the riots that will inevitably follow!!!
lol welcome to colchester!! The roads have been designed by people that DONT drive! The council workers obviously have never had any form of education or common sense!! Putting elderly people in areas with mentally disturbed people and drug abusers!!! Then finally to cap all of it to 'Save electricity' they turn the street lights off!!! Congratulations Colchester Council for your perfect run of pure **** ups!!! When the first person gets beaten up, rapped or even murdered for your actions I for one will be backing the riots that will inevitably follow!!! sarahgardner1986

10:12am Tue 3 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

loggin wrote:
tomtheDJ wrote:
buy a bike with lights on it...


dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night,
you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are..


and dont forget
"always walk on the right side of life"
de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum
always walk on the right side of life,
lol
read the highway code about walking in the dark..
"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again.

P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking.

P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence
Back to the carrots, then!
[quote][p][bold]loggin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: buy a bike with lights on it... dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night, you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are.. and dont forget "always walk on the right side of life" de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum always walk on the right side of life, lol read the highway code about walking in the dark..[/p][/quote]"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again. P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking. P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence[/p][/quote]Back to the carrots, then! No! I am Spartacus

11:57am Wed 4 Dec 13

Sensory123 says...

My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC!
My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC! Sensory123

12:31pm Wed 4 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

Sensory123 wrote:
My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC!
It is clear what will happen. It will take someone to be attacked and then CBC will 'review their policy', subsequently having either every other, or one in 3 lights on.

I find it amazing that the 'saving money' and frugal aspect of our councils balancing the books comes at the potential expense of public safety.
[quote][p][bold]Sensory123[/bold] wrote: My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC![/p][/quote]It is clear what will happen. It will take someone to be attacked and then CBC will 'review their policy', subsequently having either every other, or one in 3 lights on. I find it amazing that the 'saving money' and frugal aspect of our councils balancing the books comes at the potential expense of public safety. No! I am Spartacus

2:46pm Wed 4 Dec 13

TheCaptain says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Sensory123 wrote:
My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC!
It is clear what will happen. It will take someone to be attacked and then CBC will 'review their policy', subsequently having either every other, or one in 3 lights on.

I find it amazing that the 'saving money' and frugal aspect of our councils balancing the books comes at the potential expense of public safety.
If you want to blame the Council try Essex rather than CBC as it's their decision.
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sensory123[/bold] wrote: My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC![/p][/quote]It is clear what will happen. It will take someone to be attacked and then CBC will 'review their policy', subsequently having either every other, or one in 3 lights on. I find it amazing that the 'saving money' and frugal aspect of our councils balancing the books comes at the potential expense of public safety.[/p][/quote]If you want to blame the Council try Essex rather than CBC as it's their decision. TheCaptain

4:45pm Wed 4 Dec 13

dallasmb says...

So much for keeping lights on in named streets, Butt Road in darkness!!
So much for keeping lights on in named streets, Butt Road in darkness!! dallasmb

4:57pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Sensory123 wrote:
My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC!
top tip for xmas - buy you baker a car top cover !!
£1 shops should do them + his interiour light will give enough light to do all this and more...

2nd top tip, get more taxis home by sharing the trip perhaps.

3rd top tip if all else fails - i dunno ;)
[quote][p][bold]Sensory123[/bold] wrote: My partner goes to work as a baker at 3am it is now approaching winter and the street lights are out on our road. How is he supposed to de-ice the car and hold a torch at the same time its utterly ridiculous. I also have friends who work until late and are now terrified of walking home and cannot afford taxis. Well done for safety CBC![/p][/quote]top tip for xmas - buy you baker a car top cover !! £1 shops should do them + his interiour light will give enough light to do all this and more... 2nd top tip, get more taxis home by sharing the trip perhaps. 3rd top tip if all else fails - i dunno ;) tomtheDJ

5:01pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
loggin wrote:
tomtheDJ wrote: buy a bike with lights on it... dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night, you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are.. and dont forget "always walk on the right side of life" de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum always walk on the right side of life, lol read the highway code about walking in the dark..
"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again. P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking. P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence
Back to the carrots, then!
not got a posh new phone with inbuilt cree lighting on it, there just soooper bright..you drunken bumm.......lol
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loggin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: buy a bike with lights on it... dont worry, by the time you get used to the darkies at night, you`d have forgotton just how eco friendly CBC are.. and dont forget "always walk on the right side of life" de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum always walk on the right side of life, lol read the highway code about walking in the dark..[/p][/quote]"If there is no pedestrian crossing nearby, cross the road near a street light so that traffic can see you more easily." well that's that guidance out of the window, lol, but I guess it means dayglo fluorescent will become popular clubbing wear again. P.S. I have a torch but it's considered an offensive weapon when trying to get into a club, smaller torches ain't worth jack for when walking. P.P.S. I have a bike with 2 sets of lights on already but like driving it's illegal to ride while under the influence[/p][/quote]Back to the carrots, then![/p][/quote]not got a posh new phone with inbuilt cree lighting on it, there just soooper bright..you drunken bumm.......lol tomtheDJ

8:58am Fri 6 Dec 13

joianofarc says...

As the council are trying to save money, maybe they should take a look at the waste of money spent on refuse collections. Every collection day they send 3 men to collect the food recycling waste in the Mill Rd area. One driver another one collecting the bags and the other just along for the ride, at first we thought maybe the other man was learning the route but this has been going on for weeks now, if this is the case in other areas the council could save tens of thousands a year there.
As the council are trying to save money, maybe they should take a look at the waste of money spent on refuse collections. Every collection day they send 3 men to collect the food recycling waste in the Mill Rd area. One driver another one collecting the bags and the other just along for the ride, at first we thought maybe the other man was learning the route but this has been going on for weeks now, if this is the case in other areas the council could save tens of thousands a year there. joianofarc

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