Women at risk if street lights go out say Labour

Politics / Tue 4th Feb 2014 at 02:05pm

ESSEX County Council now officially plans to turn off Harlow’s street lights from 12.00 midnight to 5.00am.

Labour claim this will cause all kinds of problems to Harlow residents. Many people will feel much more vulnerable at night with personal safety up most in their minds. There have already been many expressions of concern about this and many feel very apprehensive about this policy. Harlow is a 24 hour society and many return home late at night. Once again they feel vulnerable while parking their cars and getting back to their homes in dark streets with not know what is lurching around the corner.

Labour County Councillor Mike Danvers claims one man, Rodney Bass, Cabinet member for Highways has made this decision, with the backing of his Conservative colleagues at County Hall. Councillor Danvers is trying to hold him to account by using the Council’s call in powers. This is a method to try to get the Council to re-examine the situation and review the policy. Cllr. Danvers hopes this will be heard at County Hall next Monday 10th February.

Cllr Danvers said “ I have had much representation in letters and emails about this policy and realise there is forceful opposition to this policy of putting Harlow in the dark after midnight. I am sure it’s good news for a few star gazers, however many people might be seeing stars of a different type if this switch off goes ahead. In Chelmsford alone there has been a report of car and bicycle incidents occurring. I am seeking to get this policy reversed next week at a call-in hearing.”

Suzy Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, has also has also made her position clear given the level of protest expressed to her and feels equally strongly.

Suzy Stride said “ Decisions being made in far away Chelmsford need to be re-examined. Many women are particularly at risk if they happen to be out late at night. People should not have to live with the perception of fear particular when coming home from a late shift at night”

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