Street lights switch-off postponed for Tendring

Gazette: Street lights switch-off postponed for Tendring Street lights switch-off postponed for Tendring

TENDRING’S street lights will be staying on for the time being.

Essex County Council has now postponed plans to turn off 70 per cent of the district’s lights between midnight and 5am from January 1.

A new date for the controversial move has yet to be announced.

Mike Vaughan-Chatfield, Tendring Neighbourhood Watch chairman, welcomed the delay, saying it gave local people more time to give their views on the money-saving scheme.

He added: “People have a right to feel safe wherever they go, and I don’t think turning off the lights would help that.”

After trial schemes in Maldon and Uttlesford districts, County Hall insists there has been no negative impact on crime figures.

Lights have now gone off in Braintree, Chelmsford and Colchester as well.

However Mr Vaughan-Chatfield said the success of trials in other areas did not mean it would work in Tendring.

He added: “You have to treat each individual area on its own merit. You have to factor in social problems such as drugs and crime statistics.

“The county council take us as gullible. It should give us more credibility.”

Under the proposals, lights would stay on in town centres, at key road junctions and accident blackspots.

Maps showing the affected areas will be published by the county council two weeks before the lights go out.

A County Hall spokesman said: “The part-night lighting maps for Tendring are being finalised. They will be online in early January prior to implementation.”

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8:55am Fri 27 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Has there been a notable increase in crime since it was implemented in Colchester? The majority of violent night crime published in the paper has been in areas still lit, and if anything there's been less articles about burglaries in unlit areas between the house of darkness. I found it a bit weird the first time I went out at 3am, but easy to find my way around without a torch and I actually felt less safe when I got into town, with the large number of shouty drunks on a freezing Friday morning. Maybe the statistics will prove otherwise (although I'd expect the gazette to publish more crimes making a point, given that they seem anti-turn off), but it seems like it's worked out okay for Colchester.
Has there been a notable increase in crime since it was implemented in Colchester? The majority of violent night crime published in the paper has been in areas still lit, and if anything there's been less articles about burglaries in unlit areas between the house of darkness. I found it a bit weird the first time I went out at 3am, but easy to find my way around without a torch and I actually felt less safe when I got into town, with the large number of shouty drunks on a freezing Friday morning. Maybe the statistics will prove otherwise (although I'd expect the gazette to publish more crimes making a point, given that they seem anti-turn off), but it seems like it's worked out okay for Colchester. wormshero

10:07am Fri 27 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

I find it eerie these lights that once gave cheery reassurance have turned into rows of black triffids outlined against a hostile skyline.
I find it eerie these lights that once gave cheery reassurance have turned into rows of black triffids outlined against a hostile skyline. stevedawson

10:18am Fri 27 Dec 13

romantic says...

Agree with wormshero: most people are not out and about between 12 and 5 anyway. I was a few times over the last few weeks, and although it seemed a bit strange the first time, I have not heard of any problems caused by it. Most burglaries are in the daytime. Most of the assaults etc seem to happen in the well-lit Town Centre. People of Tendring, it's not as bad as you imagine it will be!
Agree with wormshero: most people are not out and about between 12 and 5 anyway. I was a few times over the last few weeks, and although it seemed a bit strange the first time, I have not heard of any problems caused by it. Most burglaries are in the daytime. Most of the assaults etc seem to happen in the well-lit Town Centre. People of Tendring, it's not as bad as you imagine it will be! romantic

10:19am Fri 27 Dec 13

charlie71 says...

A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night.
A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night. charlie71

10:48am Fri 27 Dec 13

mirokou says...

charlie71 wrote:
A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night.
Rubbish police haven't quoted that at all. And crime has not gone up in unlit areas in fact the complete opposite
[quote][p][bold]charlie71[/bold] wrote: A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night.[/p][/quote]Rubbish police haven't quoted that at all. And crime has not gone up in unlit areas in fact the complete opposite mirokou

1:21pm Fri 27 Dec 13

jut1972 says...

mirokou wrote:
charlie71 wrote:
A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night.
Rubbish police haven't quoted that at all. And crime has not gone up in unlit areas in fact the complete opposite
Really? Says who? ECC?
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charlie71[/bold] wrote: A woman had her garage burgled twice in 2 nights,the thieves tried to break into mine the same night,it was reported to police who said reported crimes have gone up since the lights went off at night.[/p][/quote]Rubbish police haven't quoted that at all. And crime has not gone up in unlit areas in fact the complete opposite[/p][/quote]Really? Says who? ECC? jut1972

2:27pm Fri 27 Dec 13

chainsawgirl1 says...

I find that the street lights are OFF as soon as it gets dusk/dark and NOT between midnight and 05:00! WHY?
I find that the street lights are OFF as soon as it gets dusk/dark and NOT between midnight and 05:00! WHY? chainsawgirl1

8:01pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Suffolkcommuter says...

Do you really think so Romantic?

We are talking about Clacton being included in this!!!!....can u imagine what things will be like when the lights go out??

It doesn't affect me as I live in a sleepy Suffolk village (but work in Colchester); but if I did, and was an older person / or someone whom maybe felt vulnerable I am not sure I would agree with your well meaning sentiment!

Just look at xmas happenings 'Woman, 20, suffers fractured cheek in Christmas Eve attack'.....say no more ??
Do you really think so Romantic? We are talking about Clacton being included in this!!!!....can u imagine what things will be like when the lights go out?? It doesn't affect me as I live in a sleepy Suffolk village (but work in Colchester); but if I did, and was an older person / or someone whom maybe felt vulnerable I am not sure I would agree with your well meaning sentiment! Just look at xmas happenings 'Woman, 20, suffers fractured cheek in Christmas Eve attack'.....say no more ?? Suffolkcommuter

8:04pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Suffolkcommuter says...

......and its not just about statistics, who cares if crime hasn't gone up???? its about how people being left in the dark.
......and its not just about statistics, who cares if crime hasn't gone up???? its about how people being left in the dark. Suffolkcommuter

4:40pm Sat 28 Dec 13

wormshero says...

That article you quote was an attack that happened in a lit area, the point is that a lot of commenters panicked about the light switch off in Colchester but the amount of crime in those areas that's published in the gazette hasn't gone up. The crime statistics may or may not support this, but it's too early to tell at the moment. And as for who cares if crime hasn't gone up? Surely any sensible person will take into consideration the effect of trial in another area in a decision?
That article you quote was an attack that happened in a lit area, the point is that a lot of commenters panicked about the light switch off in Colchester but the amount of crime in those areas that's published in the gazette hasn't gone up. The crime statistics may or may not support this, but it's too early to tell at the moment. And as for who cares if crime hasn't gone up? Surely any sensible person will take into consideration the effect of trial in another area in a decision? wormshero

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