First steps taken in Epping Forest street light switch-off

concerned resident Alan Tucker of Beaconfield Avenue

concerned resident Alan Tucker of Beaconfield Avenue

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The next steps have been taken in plans to turn street lights off for part of the night.

Essex County Council is trialling the scheme, which would see street lights in areas outside of town centres and routes to and from stations switched off between midnight and 5am, saving about £70,000 a year.

It has now installed new devices on some street lights in Epping that allow it to switch them on and off remotely and is doing the same across the district.

Melanie Hallen, 33, lives in Beaconfield Avenue, where the devices have been fitted to street lights.

The mother-of-two said: “Just one street light was off the other night and I really noticed it.

“It seems quite eerie out there with no lights on.

“It invites potential thieves. Two people over the road have had their cars stolen and broken into before.”

Her neighbour, Angela Wilkins, 64, said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea, because plenty of burglaries go on here even now.

“If you come home late and they’re off, that’s another thing. So many people come to Epping late on buses and trains.”

In a statement on its website, the council says: “We will carry out consultation with district and borough councils, town and parish councils and the emergency services before any decision is taken on which street lights will be switched to part-night."

But it adds: “The general presumption will be that all county council-owned street lights will be altered to part night operation unless covered by the exception criteria.”

Street lights will not be switched off for any of the night in town centres, around nightclubs, remote footpaths or alleyways linking streets or where the police think a switch-off could lead to an increase in crime.

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6:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Increase in crime.

No Police, no stations, no lights!
Increase in crime. No Police, no stations, no lights! Cornbeefur
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6:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Tom Thumb says...

Obviously Essex County Council needs to make savings to pay for other things.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-ess
ex-20337917
Obviously Essex County Council needs to make savings to pay for other things. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-ess ex-20337917 Tom Thumb
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7:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ColinOrient says...

This defies belief. More crimes in this area than ever before so they switch off the lights. What is this, potential pay rises for the local burglars?
This defies belief. More crimes in this area than ever before so they switch off the lights. What is this, potential pay rises for the local burglars? ColinOrient
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10:14pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BelieveBJ says...

The worst thing is, NONE OF US who live in Essex have had any say on this....I do not know any resident who is in favour of this crazy scheme....
The sale of sensor security lights will greatly increase.....
The worst thing is, NONE OF US who live in Essex have had any say on this....I do not know any resident who is in favour of this crazy scheme.... The sale of sensor security lights will greatly increase..... BelieveBJ
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10:28pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Cubana says...

BelieveBJ wrote:
The worst thing is, NONE OF US who live in Essex have had any say on this....I do not know any resident who is in favour of this crazy scheme....
The sale of sensor security lights will greatly increase.....
Well you know of someone now who is in favour of this scheme - I am! It is about time this ridiculous waste of electricity was stopped. There is NO evidence that lack of street lights leads to an increase in crime as has been shown by such trials in other parts of the country. In fact the opposite - presumably burglars like street lights because it allows them to see what they are doing!
[quote][p][bold]BelieveBJ[/bold] wrote: The worst thing is, NONE OF US who live in Essex have had any say on this....I do not know any resident who is in favour of this crazy scheme.... The sale of sensor security lights will greatly increase.....[/p][/quote]Well you know of someone now who is in favour of this scheme - I am! It is about time this ridiculous waste of electricity was stopped. There is NO evidence that lack of street lights leads to an increase in crime as has been shown by such trials in other parts of the country. In fact the opposite - presumably burglars like street lights because it allows them to see what they are doing! Cubana
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8:04am Wed 30 Jan 13

nekillim says...

An easier way would be for the Council to turn off all their computers and lights when the offices were empty. Also, turn down the heating, it is boiling in there!!
Also, any increase in crime should be directly blamed on the turning off of street lights, with Insurance companies pursuing individual councillors for the claims.
An easier way would be for the Council to turn off all their computers and lights when the offices were empty. Also, turn down the heating, it is boiling in there!! Also, any increase in crime should be directly blamed on the turning off of street lights, with Insurance companies pursuing individual councillors for the claims. nekillim
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8:37am Wed 30 Jan 13

Miss Magoo says...

Great. The lighting in my street is bad enough already, if they start turning off the lights as cost cutting, I'm going to have to invest in one of those forehead torch lights.
Great. The lighting in my street is bad enough already, if they start turning off the lights as cost cutting, I'm going to have to invest in one of those forehead torch lights. Miss Magoo
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9:49am Wed 30 Jan 13

hot dog says...

Is this story for real ? Are we only talking about £70000 a year thats small change to Essex county council !
Is this story for real ? Are we only talking about £70000 a year thats small change to Essex county council ! hot dog
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9:56am Wed 30 Jan 13

Thunderbird4 says...

£70,000 is a nice little salary for a nephew. But perhaps I'm being unkind. Lower carbon footprint and clearer skies for the local astronomers, that's a plus.
£70,000 is a nice little salary for a nephew. But perhaps I'm being unkind. Lower carbon footprint and clearer skies for the local astronomers, that's a plus. Thunderbird4
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11:17am Wed 30 Jan 13

rec says...

Surely if Essex County Council has the technology to turn off the street lights remotely they could fit sensors that turn on the lights on when someone walks by, just for 30 seconds or so. We have a security light that does that on our house and it only cost a few pounds – including the light.
Surely if Essex County Council has the technology to turn off the street lights remotely they could fit sensors that turn on the lights on when someone walks by, just for 30 seconds or so. We have a security light that does that on our house and it only cost a few pounds – including the light. rec
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12:41pm Wed 30 Jan 13

stickmanny says...

We are long past the point where councils can invest to save.

All of their money has been diverted to city fraudsters so they can stay in business.

This is where your anger should be directed - not towards councils, immigrants or the unemployed.
We are long past the point where councils can invest to save. All of their money has been diverted to city fraudsters so they can stay in business. This is where your anger should be directed - not towards councils, immigrants or the unemployed. stickmanny
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1:12pm Wed 30 Jan 13

abbis says...

Does anyone know, did they have money invested in Iceland (the country not the company)?
Does anyone know, did they have money invested in Iceland (the country not the company)? abbis
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1:39pm Wed 30 Jan 13

word of mouth says...

I don't think they had anything in Iceland.
I think this will be a disaster. Less light, fewer police on lower wages, Epping is already a crime target for London based criminals, crime will go through the roof. Good luck people.
I don't think they had anything in Iceland. I think this will be a disaster. Less light, fewer police on lower wages, Epping is already a crime target for London based criminals, crime will go through the roof. Good luck people. word of mouth
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1:50pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Thunderbird4 says...

word of mouth wrote:
I don't think they had anything in Iceland.
I think this will be a disaster. Less light, fewer police on lower wages, Epping is already a crime target for London based criminals, crime will go through the roof. Good luck people.
It will also be going through open windows and forced doors.
[quote][p][bold]word of mouth[/bold] wrote: I don't think they had anything in Iceland. I think this will be a disaster. Less light, fewer police on lower wages, Epping is already a crime target for London based criminals, crime will go through the roof. Good luck people.[/p][/quote]It will also be going through open windows and forced doors. Thunderbird4
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