By Local Democracy Reporter
HARLOW’S street lights are to be kept on at night – thanks to money contributed by the district council.
Agreement was first reached between Harlow Council and Essex County Council to keep the town’s street lights on all night, seven days a week, in 2015.
Harlow Council’s offer to fund street lights staying on all night every night came with an increase to Harlow’s portion’s of council tax of 1.5 per cent – the cost to Harlow Council will be just under £106,000.
The agreement between the two councils will see Harlow Council pay for the additional electricity and arising CO2 emissions, with Essex County Council (ECC) continuing to be responsible for the maintenance of the lights.
ECC is now set to extend the continuation of the existing arrangement between itself and Harlow Council around part-night lighting in the town for another year.
In Harlow, ECC is responsible for 9,005 lights, with around 85 per cent being switched off overnight since March 2014, between midnight and 5am, under its part-night street lighting policy.
The county council’s policy was amended across the county in March 2015, with lights switching off between midnight and 5am one day a week and from 1am to 5am six days a week.
Harlow is the only district council in Essex that is funding night time street lighting, though street lights in parts of Epping operate part-night lighting between 1am and 5am all week.
A two-year programme of work to replace 19,000 street lights with energy-saving LED lamps across the county began in August 2016.
The first phase of work started in Castle Point and Rochford followed by Basildon. This was be followed by crews starting replacement work in Chelmsford and Uttlesford, followed by the remaining districts.
Phase 3 has now been agreed to install a further 23,000 LED streetlights on main roads across Essex.
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