Steps taken to switch on street lights throughout night in parts of Tendring

A street light.

A street light. - Credit: Archant

A group of councillors are to investigate where in Tendring street lights should be switched back on through-out the night.

Tendring District Council (TDC) is calling for devolved responsibility for lighting to be given to it from Essex County Council under a pilot scheme.

Currently County Hall-run lights are switched off between 1am and 5am Tuesdays to Sundays, and midnight to 5am on Mondays, except for in town centres or dangerous road junctions in a bid to save money.

However, following a campaign by residents and the Labour group TDC ran a consultation on the part-night lighting scheme and pledged to look at reverting to whole night lighting where there were strong calls for it following a mixed response.

The consultation found that people in many urban areas were in favour of turning the lights back on, while more rural parts of the district were not.

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Following a meeting between TDC leader Neil Stock and chief executive Ian Davidson and Essex County Council leader David Finch, moves are now being made to have a partial switch-on.

County council officials have been tasked with finding out how much it would cost to turn on lights in just parts of the district, while at Tendring a cross-party working group will determine where those areas should be.

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TDC has set aside £160,000 to cover the cost of turning the lights on, calculated by County Hall to be £147,000 for the whole district.

Mr Stock said: “The aim is to establish precisely where in the district street lights should be turned back on at night.

“When we carried out our consultation there were a number of people who did not want their lights back on – or did not consider it right that the district council should pay for it.

“During the discussions at County Hall I strongly argued for street lighting to be part of the package for devolution with the operation of – and budget for – street lighting passed to district councils.

“We can then determine locally where and when to light our streets to best suit our residents and businesses and I was pleased to offer Tendring as a pilot for this.”

Councillor Nick Turner will lead the working group.

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