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County Council set to turn off street lights all over Harlow

News / Wed 4th Sep 2013 pm30 12:20pm

CONSULTATION on the extension of a part-night street-lighting scheme across Harlow is now underway.Essex County Council (ECC) has been running a pilot scheme in Maldon and Uttlesford since 2007, with street lights being switched off for five hours each night, between midnight and 5am. The pilot demonstrated no negative impact on crime statistics or road collisions as a result of the changes.

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ECC now plans to roll out part-night street-lighting in the remaining eight districts and boroughs by February 2014.

Essex County Council has written to all parish/town councils, borough/district councils, county councillors and the emergency services for the areas affected, giving them the opportunity to suggest areas that should be excluded from the scheme.

There is an exemption criteria in place which includes town centres, key road junctions and lighting installed on safety grounds for accident cluster sites. The deadline for consultation responses for the remaining eight districts and boroughs is 27 September 2013.

If residents wish to suggest an area that should be excluded from the scheme they are requested to do so via their parish/town council, district/borough/city councillor or county councillor, so that it can be considered as part of the consultation process.

The current schedule for switching ECC-owned street-lights to part-night lighting is as follows:

· Basildon & Colchester – 1 November 2013

· Epping Forest & Castle Point – 1 December 2013

· Rochford & Tendring – 1 January 2014

· Brentwood & Harlow – 1 February 2014

County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I am pleased that we are moving forward with the extension of our part-night lighting scheme, which will lead to deliver significant reductions to our energy consumption and related expenditure. This consultation period gives local councillors and the emergency services the opportunity to put forward areas which they believe meet the exemption criteria, and we will consider all responses received.”

To facilitate the move to part-night lighting, ECC has introduced a new Central Management System (CMS) for street-lighting across Essex. The will bring a number of operational and efficiency benefits, enabling all ECC-owned streetlights to be controlled remotely from a single location. It will also provide instant notification of any streetlight failure, which will mean faults can be repaired much more quickly.

All ECC owned streetlights will be switched to the CMS – including those which are not being switched to part-night hours. This is to ensure that efficiency is improved across all streetlights.

Lighting for bus shelters, road signs, traffic bollards etc is not affected by the proposal.

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