Claim Epping Forest will be treated as a 'special case'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Victory in sight over street light switch off hours Victory in sight over street light switch off hours

Victory could be in sight for campaigners after it emerged that the councillor in charge of the overnight street light switch-off is on the verge of changing the hours.

People in Epping Forest have been calling for the lights to be switched off at 1am rather than midnight to enable Tube travellers to get home before being plunged into darkness.

During a Conservative Party Strategy meeting this morning councillors were told the district will be treated as a ‘special case’ and street lighting extended by an hour.

The initiative introduced in January is being rolled out across Essex in a bid to save £1.5million a year and help protect the environment.

But there has been opposition in Epping Forest as people use Tube stations serving central London until well after the midnight switch-off time, raising concerns over safety.

Chigwell councillor John Knapman said the cabinet member in charge of the switch-off, Cllr Rodney Bass, has finally agreed to the lights being left on until 1am.

He said: “We have managed to secure an agreement from Councillor Bass that the lights in Epping Forest will be left on for an extra hour.

“Myself, Councillor Metcalfe and Councillor Gadsby have been pressing him on the matter.
“Instead of it being 12am until 5am it will be 1am until 6am.

“[When challenged in the meeting] Rodney Bass thought about it and said yes - that the district could be treated as a special case.

“We feel like this is really good news. People in the district have been getting off of the Tube and walking home in the pitch black after they finish work in the city.”

Mr Bass refused to comment on the matter when asked by The Guardian, insisting he “does not speak about what goes on in private meetings”.

Buckhurst Hill commuer Alison Wagstaffe began a petition to keep the lights on until 1am in January.

It has not been announced when the times will change, but an announcement is expected soon.

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4:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SNGreen says...

Cllr Bass has come under alot of pressure from all quarters. Some I think, if true, this a victory for all campaigners of all parties and residents groups and individuals like Alison.
Cllr Bass has come under alot of pressure from all quarters. Some I think, if true, this a victory for all campaigners of all parties and residents groups and individuals like Alison. SNGreen
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SNGreen says...

Although 1.30pm would have been better as commuters still have to walk home. 1pm presumes commuters are instantly in their homes having left the last train!
Although 1.30pm would have been better as commuters still have to walk home. 1pm presumes commuters are instantly in their homes having left the last train! SNGreen
  • Score: 5

4:59pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SNGreen says...

SNGreen wrote:
Although 1.30pm would have been better as commuters still have to walk home. 1pm presumes commuters are instantly in their homes having left the last train!
1am not pm
[quote][p][bold]SNGreen[/bold] wrote: Although 1.30pm would have been better as commuters still have to walk home. 1pm presumes commuters are instantly in their homes having left the last train![/p][/quote]1am not pm SNGreen
  • Score: 4

5:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SNGreen says...

And do we know when this change is too take place? Next Week? Next Month? Next Year?
And do we know when this change is too take place? Next Week? Next Month? Next Year? SNGreen
  • Score: 4

7:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Heexagone says...

How come other parts of Essex still have lights on all night?
How come other parts of Essex still have lights on all night? Heexagone
  • Score: 4

8:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

It has yet to start in Brentwood , the other area with high burglary rates etc

The extension until 1am is fine but what of the early riser going to work before the new start up time of 6 am. I gather Councillor Bass is a merchant banker; I hope he treats his clients with more respect than us voters.

David Cameron says he won't enter into another coalition ; With councillors like this at grassroots level I doubt he'll be given the chance other than to be in opposition.. Don't Tory councillors want our votes in May ?
It has yet to start in Brentwood , the other area with high burglary rates etc The extension until 1am is fine but what of the early riser going to work before the new start up time of 6 am. I gather Councillor Bass is a merchant banker; I hope he treats his clients with more respect than us voters. David Cameron says he won't enter into another coalition ; With councillors like this at grassroots level I doubt he'll be given the chance other than to be in opposition.. Don't Tory councillors want our votes in May ? MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 5

10:27pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Jackyjackson says...

Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts!
Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts! Jackyjackson
  • Score: 7

5:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

LakeBreeze says...

Jackyjackson wrote:
Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts!
Something like that -- every fourth light -- sounds like a good idea and a good compromise.
[quote][p][bold]Jackyjackson[/bold] wrote: Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts![/p][/quote]Something like that -- every fourth light -- sounds like a good idea and a good compromise. LakeBreeze
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BelieveBJ says...

LakeBreeze wrote:
Jackyjackson wrote:
Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts!
Something like that -- every fourth light -- sounds like a good idea and a good compromise.
Why not just dim them!
But leave some light....
I was trying to load stuff in a friends boot of his car....
Couldn't see a thing!
[quote][p][bold]LakeBreeze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackyjackson[/bold] wrote: Why can't every fourth light be left on, if they want to save money maybe they should stop having tea and biscuits at meetings or even use some of the hundreds of millions of tax payers money they've got in reserve accounts![/p][/quote]Something like that -- every fourth light -- sounds like a good idea and a good compromise.[/p][/quote]Why not just dim them! But leave some light.... I was trying to load stuff in a friends boot of his car.... Couldn't see a thing! BelieveBJ
  • Score: 2

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