Union wants streetlights turned back on at night in residential areas

Lights are out at night but campaigners want the policy changed

Lights are out at night but campaigners want the policy changed

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A union is calling for streetlights to be switched back on at night in residential areas.

The GMB, a general workers union with almost 620,000 members, fears Essex County Council is putting residents in “unnecessary danger” by turning lamps out from midnight to 5am to save money.

It was introduced in Maldon and Uttlesford districts in early 2007.

Areas such as town centres, key road junctions and places where lights have been installed for safety reasons are exempt from the switch-off.

However, the union wants the exemption to apply to all residential areas.

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4:25pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Will they pat for it? No. It's great idea to turn the lights off- it doesn't increase crime and it saves money.
Will they pat for it? No. It's great idea to turn the lights off- it doesn't increase crime and it saves money. Jack222
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5:00pm Fri 4 Apr 14

e5mitch says...

We already pay for it jack!!
We had no reduction in our council tax, & it's going to take about 10 years to pay the installation costs of 'part time lighting.
There's low power lamp technology that would have saved money & emissions, but as usual the quickest fix with no thought for the tax payer was taken.
We already pay for it jack!! We had no reduction in our council tax, & it's going to take about 10 years to pay the installation costs of 'part time lighting. There's low power lamp technology that would have saved money & emissions, but as usual the quickest fix with no thought for the tax payer was taken. e5mitch
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