Labour’s Suzy Stride takes street light petition to Chelmsford

News / Tue 10th Feb 2015 at 05:43pm

Suzy PetitionA PETITION calling for the re-instatement of late night lighting in Harlow was presented to Essex County Council this afternoon. The petition which has been taken door to door in Harlow by Labour’s Suzy Stride garnered more than 2000 signatures.

Last week Labour controlled Harlow District Council intervened in the streetlights fiasco by agreeing at its annual budget meeting to pay Essex County Council to turn the lights back on.

The County Labour group moved an amendment at Essex County Council’s budget meeting to reverse the controversial part-night lighting policy enacted under the Tory-led administration.

Last July, the Labour group put forward a motion at ECC’s Full Council meeting calling on the Conservative administration to listen to the views of residents by carrying out a full public consultation on part-night lighting policy. The motion also called for individual risk assessments to be carried out at sites in all districts after it emerged that ECC had not carried out individual risk assessments prior to switching the lights off.

More recently, in December, the Labour group amended a motion at Full Council calling for energy-saving LED lighting to be explored and funded through interest-free Government loans, a move which has been echoed by other councils such as Kent County Council who have already taken advantage of Government loans to fund a £40m LED lighting project to turn the street lights back on in Kent (3,4).

The Conservative administration voted against the amendment along with UKIP.

Suzy Stride said: “After last week’s budget meeting at Harlow District Council I wanted to keep the pressure up on Essex County to make sure they act quickly to get the ball moving on Harlow Council’s proposal to turn the lights back on. It’s also important to note that this lights switch off that has caused so much anger in Harlow was made by Tories at county hall and they can reverse it and if they did Harlow residents would not have to cough up to turn the lights back on”

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