Footie fans face World Cup darkness

Footie fans face World Cup darkness

Footie fans face World Cup darkness

First published in Local News Maldon and Burnham Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

FOOTBALL fans walking home after World Cup matches will do so in darkness.

This year’s competition is being held in Brazil meaning matches take place late in the evening UK time.

But while pubs have been given special dispensation by the government to stay open and show games fans making their way home afterwards face doing so in darkness as street lights across the county will go off at midnight.

It is part of a cash-saving scheme from the county council, where lights outside of town centres and busy road junctions are turned off from midnight until 5am.

A council spokesman said: "Essex County Council has no plans to alter the part-night lighting timings during the World Cup tournament.

"Essex County Council suspends street lights from the scheme in exceptional circumstances only."

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12:29pm Sun 2 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Big wig. Most places showing games late at night will be town centre so will be exactly same as weekends
Big wig. Most places showing games late at night will be town centre so will be exactly same as weekends angryman!!!
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Sun 2 Mar 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

Why would the lights be turned on? Either it is safe to have them off all the time, or it isn't.

I personally don't like them being off, but to turn them back on would be an admission by the council that their original decision is flawed.
Why would the lights be turned on? Either it is safe to have them off all the time, or it isn't. I personally don't like them being off, but to turn them back on would be an admission by the council that their original decision is flawed. No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 13

2:08pm Sun 2 Mar 14

El Presendente says...

“ Footie fans face World Cup darkness “ Is the MBS reporter implying that England fans are afraid of the dark?
“ Footie fans face World Cup darkness “ Is the MBS reporter implying that England fans are afraid of the dark? El Presendente
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Sun 2 Mar 14

e5mitch says...

Lights helped society evolve & become safer, & we paid for the privilege.
Now the councils turn them off to save themselves money but we still pay!!
Lights helped society evolve & become safer, & we paid for the privilege. Now the councils turn them off to save themselves money but we still pay!! e5mitch
  • Score: 7

3:16pm Sun 2 Mar 14

hughie-s says...

Thought local football fans were used to walking home in the dark after games?
Thought local football fans were used to walking home in the dark after games? hughie-s
  • Score: -2

5:37pm Sun 2 Mar 14

DailyGazette says...

News: lots people walking home in the dark.
News: lots people walking home in the dark. DailyGazette
  • Score: 3

7:34pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Itsme66 says...

Why o why is everything so negative. If you are scared of the dark watch football at home. Why should council tax payers pay for extra lighting that is not needed. If you walk home from the pub and you stay on the path you will be fine, I drive around colchester twice a week after midnight and it is a breath of fresh air that the council are trying to save money somewhere. Has the crime rate gone up as a lot of headlines said they would and how much has been saved by doing this.
Why o why is everything so negative. If you are scared of the dark watch football at home. Why should council tax payers pay for extra lighting that is not needed. If you walk home from the pub and you stay on the path you will be fine, I drive around colchester twice a week after midnight and it is a breath of fresh air that the council are trying to save money somewhere. Has the crime rate gone up as a lot of headlines said they would and how much has been saved by doing this. Itsme66
  • Score: -6

9:19pm Sun 2 Mar 14

montygirl says...

Take a torch with you? Just a small observation.no different to any other nights in Witham if people go out and walk back after midnight
Take a torch with you? Just a small observation.no different to any other nights in Witham if people go out and walk back after midnight montygirl
  • Score: -2

1:09am Mon 3 Mar 14

Boris says...

Agree with everyone so far. If you can afford several rounds of drinks in the pub, you can certainly afford a torch. And if you consider yourself as brave as our footballers, you are not afraid of the dark.
Agree with everyone so far. If you can afford several rounds of drinks in the pub, you can certainly afford a torch. And if you consider yourself as brave as our footballers, you are not afraid of the dark. Boris
  • Score: 0

7:37am Mon 3 Mar 14

jut1972 says...

Dear gazette
a better story would be are the lights staying on for the midnight walk?
Dear gazette a better story would be are the lights staying on for the midnight walk? jut1972
  • Score: 0

9:34am Mon 3 Mar 14

friday_woods says...

Before you all start criticising the article try walking along Butt Road from the police station area up to the site of the Drury Arms after midnight with little ambient light; its outrageously dark, its dangerous and perfect for any idiots to hide and attempt an assault / muggings / etc. And if you're feeling really brave walk along Circular Road from the Arena Gym up along Abbey Fields past the Quadriga housing 'project'...
Before you all start criticising the article try walking along Butt Road from the police station area up to the site of the Drury Arms after midnight with little ambient light; its outrageously dark, its dangerous and perfect for any idiots to hide and attempt an assault / muggings / etc. And if you're feeling really brave walk along Circular Road from the Arena Gym up along Abbey Fields past the Quadriga housing 'project'... friday_woods
  • Score: 5

10:12am Mon 3 Mar 14

romantic says...

The schedule for the WC shows 8 games which kick off at 11 pm our time. The only one which is going to fill the pubs will be the England vs Italy game on Saturday 14th June. England's other games kick off at 8 pm and then 5 pm. If we progress past group stages, the latest starts are 9 pm. If we get any further than the quarter-finals, I don't think anybody will care about the lights anyway.

I don't believe any pub will stay open for the 2am kick-off of Ivory Coast vs Japan. If you are a passionate supporter of either country, you would probably choose to watch at home.

A few pubs may stay open later for Cameroon vs Croatia or Honduras vs Ecuador, or any of the other 11pm kick-offs, but I cannot see vast numbers of people trekking home at 1.00 am after coming out specially to watch them.

So actually it is an issue for one night only. Personally, I quite like the darkened streets, but it would be easy enough to over-ride the switch-off for one night, as I would imagine there will be more people than normal moving about at 1.00 am, when it finishes. Or just put back the switch-off by a couple of hours. That would seem a sensible compromise.

I do recall last year there was some thought about putting up big screens in the park, but have heard nothing more about it. Anybody know if that is still being considered?
The schedule for the WC shows 8 games which kick off at 11 pm our time. The only one which is going to fill the pubs will be the England vs Italy game on Saturday 14th June. England's other games kick off at 8 pm and then 5 pm. If we progress past group stages, the latest starts are 9 pm. If we get any further than the quarter-finals, I don't think anybody will care about the lights anyway. I don't believe any pub will stay open for the 2am kick-off of Ivory Coast vs Japan. If you are a passionate supporter of either country, you would probably choose to watch at home. A few pubs may stay open later for Cameroon vs Croatia or Honduras vs Ecuador, or any of the other 11pm kick-offs, but I cannot see vast numbers of people trekking home at 1.00 am after coming out specially to watch them. So actually it is an issue for one night only. Personally, I quite like the darkened streets, but it would be easy enough to over-ride the switch-off for one night, as I would imagine there will be more people than normal moving about at 1.00 am, when it finishes. Or just put back the switch-off by a couple of hours. That would seem a sensible compromise. I do recall last year there was some thought about putting up big screens in the park, but have heard nothing more about it. Anybody know if that is still being considered? romantic
  • Score: 2

10:54am Mon 3 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates!

Why should my council tax be wasted...
Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates! Why should my council tax be wasted... Jack222
  • Score: -4

1:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

SAndrewss says...

Jack222 wrote:
Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates!

Why should my council tax be wasted...
What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights?
The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council.
The World Cup link is a bit weak.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates! Why should my council tax be wasted...[/p][/quote]What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights? The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council. The World Cup link is a bit weak. SAndrewss
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

wormshero says...

SAndrewss wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates!

Why should my council tax be wasted...
What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights?
The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council.
The World Cup link is a bit weak.
It's not so much to do with reallocating the money elsewhere, the budget is cut year on year while cost of living rises - they're saving money where they can to make sure essential services they provide still run smoothly.
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates! Why should my council tax be wasted...[/p][/quote]What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights? The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council. The World Cup link is a bit weak.[/p][/quote]It's not so much to do with reallocating the money elsewhere, the budget is cut year on year while cost of living rises - they're saving money where they can to make sure essential services they provide still run smoothly. wormshero
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Mon 3 Mar 14

keith_l says...

SAndrewss wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates!

Why should my council tax be wasted...
What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights?
The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council.
The World Cup link is a bit weak.
They are cutting back on costs to allow them to operate without an increase for the last four years - despite the combined inflation in the region of 13%.
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Fine, not a problem. If footie fans are so desperately worried watch the tv at home with your mates! Why should my council tax be wasted...[/p][/quote]What are they spending the money on that they've saved by turning off the lights? The long term plan should be to replace them all with solar powered street lights, they would eventually pay for themselves and then save even more money for the council. The World Cup link is a bit weak.[/p][/quote]They are cutting back on costs to allow them to operate without an increase for the last four years - despite the combined inflation in the region of 13%. keith_l
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

romantic wrote:
The schedule for the WC shows 8 games which kick off at 11 pm our time. The only one which is going to fill the pubs will be the England vs Italy game on Saturday 14th June. England's other games kick off at 8 pm and then 5 pm. If we progress past group stages, the latest starts are 9 pm. If we get any further than the quarter-finals, I don't think anybody will care about the lights anyway. I don't believe any pub will stay open for the 2am kick-off of Ivory Coast vs Japan. If you are a passionate supporter of either country, you would probably choose to watch at home. A few pubs may stay open later for Cameroon vs Croatia or Honduras vs Ecuador, or any of the other 11pm kick-offs, but I cannot see vast numbers of people trekking home at 1.00 am after coming out specially to watch them. So actually it is an issue for one night only. Personally, I quite like the darkened streets, but it would be easy enough to over-ride the switch-off for one night, as I would imagine there will be more people than normal moving about at 1.00 am, when it finishes. Or just put back the switch-off by a couple of hours. That would seem a sensible compromise. I do recall last year there was some thought about putting up big screens in the park, but have heard nothing more about it. Anybody know if that is still being considered?
Thank God for someone whose actually researched the subject before opening his mouth.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: The schedule for the WC shows 8 games which kick off at 11 pm our time. The only one which is going to fill the pubs will be the England vs Italy game on Saturday 14th June. England's other games kick off at 8 pm and then 5 pm. If we progress past group stages, the latest starts are 9 pm. If we get any further than the quarter-finals, I don't think anybody will care about the lights anyway. I don't believe any pub will stay open for the 2am kick-off of Ivory Coast vs Japan. If you are a passionate supporter of either country, you would probably choose to watch at home. A few pubs may stay open later for Cameroon vs Croatia or Honduras vs Ecuador, or any of the other 11pm kick-offs, but I cannot see vast numbers of people trekking home at 1.00 am after coming out specially to watch them. So actually it is an issue for one night only. Personally, I quite like the darkened streets, but it would be easy enough to over-ride the switch-off for one night, as I would imagine there will be more people than normal moving about at 1.00 am, when it finishes. Or just put back the switch-off by a couple of hours. That would seem a sensible compromise. I do recall last year there was some thought about putting up big screens in the park, but have heard nothing more about it. Anybody know if that is still being considered?[/p][/quote]Thank God for someone whose actually researched the subject before opening his mouth. Reginald47
  • Score: 1

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