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Plans to turn off Colchester street lights to be debated
4:10pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A FINAL decision on turning street lights off in residential streets across the county will be taken later this month.
Essex County Council plans to roll out part-night lighting in Colchester from November 1.
It means street lights which are not in town centres or near to busy junctions and accident blackspots will be turned off between midnight and 5am.
The debate will take place after Liberal Democrats ‘called in’ the decision.
It will be debated at the Place Services Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, September 26, at 10am, at County Hall, in Chelmsford, when Rodney Bass, county council highways cabinet member, will answer questions on the plans.
Stephen Robinson, Liberal Democrats’ highways spokesman, has called on Mr Bass to consider low-energy LED lights, controlled by movement sensors, rather than turning lights off.
He said: “We know that the council has to save money and should also reduce its carbon footprint, but LED lights would reassure the public and be a more effective kind of lighting.”
A petition, backing Mr Robinson’s call, can be signed at http://signme.org.uk/860.
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