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Harlow street lights to be switched back on for Christmas Day and New Years Day

Politics / Mon 17th Nov 2014 at 11:46am

ESSEX County Council has announced it will help local businesses and residents to enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations by keeping all street lights switched on in the early hours of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Cllr Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “We are happy to do this as a seasonal gesture of goodwill, and at a cost of some £11,000. All street lights will remain on in the early hours, and for the rest of the night, on the mornings of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

“This will enable the public to enjoy festive events including Midnight Mass and New Year’s Eve parties. The Council has simply chosen to help residents celebrate Christmas and the countdown to 2015.”

Cllr Bass added: “There has been no change to the Essex County Council street lighting policy. There is absolutely no evidence of increased crime or accidents across the county since the implementation of part night lighting, which involves some 80 per cent of street lights being switched off between midnight and 5am across the county.”

ECC street lights always remain on in areas where well-established exemption criteria apply.

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