Essex County Council would consider altering the hours street light are off (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Essex County Council would consider altering the hours street light are off
2:45pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
COUNTY hall bosses say they would consider altering the hours streets lights are turned off once a new scheme is rolled out across the country.
The part-night scheme, which will see street lights turned off in residential areas between midnight and 5am, is set to be introduced in Colchester from November 1.
Despite a trial being carried out in Maldon and Uttlesford showing no increase in crime, the scheme has met opposition from residents and councillors, who say turning lights off would breed more crime.
An Essex County Council spokeswoman said: “At present, there are no plans to alter the hours in any part of the county.
“Once the scheme has been rolled out countywide, this is something we could consider.”
Street lights in town centres, areas of high crime, busy road junctions and accident blackspots will be exempt from the scheme.
The scheme will be extended to Tendring from January next year.
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