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Street light switch off will go ahead
1:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
STREET lights in Colchester will be switched off despite attempts to delay or stop the process.
The town will go dark from November 1 with those not in favour now resigned to trying to keep as many as possible on.
Rodney Bass, cabinet member for Highways at Essex County Council, met with representatives from all political parties, who expressed their concerns, but the plan will go ahead.
The issue was called in to be discussed at a County Hall committee meeting by councillor Stephen Robinson.
He said: “ The Lib Dem group wants the council to listen more to comments from the public about particular ‘danger spots’ where lights should be kept on, and they should also press ahead now with low-energy LED lights as widely as possible.
“We do realise that the council has to save money and has to cut carbon emissions but they could achieve both those objectives by moving to LED lights over a period of time.”
One of those with real concerns is Dave Harris, county councillor for Berechurch and Shrub End in Colchester.
He said: “I think that modern low cost bulbs that energy efficient should be used before consideration of turning off lights anywhere.”
In an open letter to the highways department he also asked for several areas to be exempt.
They include many parts of the Shrub End, Solus, Quarters, Willows and Monkwick estates among others.
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