MP Eleanor Laing has asked Essex County Council to light a Loughton junction at night following crashes

Eleanor Laing and Valarie Metcalfe in Lower Park Road

Eleanor Laing and Valarie Metcalfe in Lower Park Road

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Eleanor Laing MP has joined calls to reinstate lighting at a junction where cars have recently crashed into houses.

Two properties in Lower Park Road in Loughton were hit by cars on February 23 and March 3.

A petition was started by residents demanding traffic calming measures be immediately implemented.

Essex County Council agreed to update road markings and replace signage, but stressed that these were not to blame for the crashes.

No decisions have been made on whether street lights will remain on overnight.

They are currently turned off as part of a county-wide scheme to save money. 

Eleanor Laing believes the area should be treated as a special case.

In a letter to Cllr Rodney Bass, who is behind the £1.5m cost cutting scheme, she said there were ‘exceptional’ circumstances.

She said: “The junction in question clearly requires to be lit. I appreciate the difficulties we are all facing as regard to the cost of street lights and I fully understand why Essex County Council has decided to limit the times when street lights are on.

“This, however, is an exceptional set of circumstances. There is a clear case for twenty four hour lighting for the five street lights which directly affect this dangerous junction.

“I hope that you will, at the very least, be able to immediately re-instate twenty four hour lighting here as a temporary measure.”

Rodney Bass’s office confirmed that road markings will be “refreshed” and that potholes along the high road junction with Lower Park Road and Upper Park Road will be repaired.

New signage will also be illuminated.

Mrs Laing said that, although lighting and road signage are contributing factors, speed is the biggest problem.

She added: “I am very concerned about the situation.

"I believe that there are many contributing factors, speed being one of them.

“The police report is not out yet so we cannot speculate but in my mind there is no doubt that traffic calming measures are needed."

A home in Southview Road, Loughton, was hit by a car last Friday at 10.20am.

People suffered only minor injuries in the crashes.

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7:06pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ThurrockResident says...

I see the Tory Essex County Council cuts are causing accidents. This isn't a surprise to anyone really.
I see the Tory Essex County Council cuts are causing accidents. This isn't a surprise to anyone really. ThurrockResident
  • Score: 6

10:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

What next? Lollipop ladies and men that's what.
What next? Lollipop ladies and men that's what. SNGreen
  • Score: 1

12:06am Fri 14 Mar 14

ThurrockResident says...

SNGreen wrote:
What next? Lollipop ladies and men that's what.
I expect the Tories are cutting those also.
[quote][p][bold]SNGreen[/bold] wrote: What next? Lollipop ladies and men that's what.[/p][/quote]I expect the Tories are cutting those also. ThurrockResident
  • Score: -1

6:38am Fri 14 Mar 14

pan says...

There are various reasons in various areas that should mean the street lights get turned back on. Vehicle crime for one, assaults another but if we are all told that the cuts just have to be then there is nothing stopping these residents putting an outside light up is there?

Others have done it.
There are various reasons in various areas that should mean the street lights get turned back on. Vehicle crime for one, assaults another but if we are all told that the cuts just have to be then there is nothing stopping these residents putting an outside light up is there? Others have done it. pan
  • Score: -1

8:09am Fri 14 Mar 14

Dennis Briggs says...

Essex Council in the shape of its councillors do not listen to residents. I live in The Grange Hill award and have written to them regarding this. I have not received a reply from any of them.
In the meantime accidents,assaults and car thefts happens on a regular basis.
Thankfully the weather has been mild this year so residents slipping on ungritted roads and pavements has not happened. Because we all know hoe Essex fail to grit every year.
Does it take a life for these people to use common sense and return the lights.
Total total disregard for residents whilst they sit in their ivory towers.
Essex Council in the shape of its councillors do not listen to residents. I live in The Grange Hill award and have written to them regarding this. I have not received a reply from any of them. In the meantime accidents,assaults and car thefts happens on a regular basis. Thankfully the weather has been mild this year so residents slipping on ungritted roads and pavements has not happened. Because we all know hoe Essex fail to grit every year. Does it take a life for these people to use common sense and return the lights. Total total disregard for residents whilst they sit in their ivory towers. Dennis Briggs
  • Score: 4

8:34am Fri 14 Mar 14

Harry's boy says...

What is it with people blaming the lack of street lighting for causing car crashes. If drivers can't see, they're driving too fast for the road conditions, simple as that. I presume they have headlights on their cars. If they are properly adjusted and switched on, they should be able to see. If they drive too fast, or don't have their lights on, and then crash, they should be proscecuted for driving with due care and attention or dangerous driving, and banned from driving until they take a sensible retest. Don't blame lighting (or the lack of it) for the drivers stupidity.
What is it with people blaming the lack of street lighting for causing car crashes. If drivers can't see, they're driving too fast for the road conditions, simple as that. I presume they have headlights on their cars. If they are properly adjusted and switched on, they should be able to see. If they drive too fast, or don't have their lights on, and then crash, they should be proscecuted for driving with due care and attention or dangerous driving, and banned from driving until they take a sensible retest. Don't blame lighting (or the lack of it) for the drivers stupidity. Harry's boy
  • Score: -3

10:44am Fri 14 Mar 14

User2384 says...

How convenient for motorists driving too fast for the conditions and having (clearly) negligible observation skills that they can now blame their inability to control a car on someone else. Millions of people drive on unlit roads without crashing yet for some reason a number of Essex residents appear unable to do so.
How convenient for motorists driving too fast for the conditions and having (clearly) negligible observation skills that they can now blame their inability to control a car on someone else. Millions of people drive on unlit roads without crashing yet for some reason a number of Essex residents appear unable to do so. User2384
  • Score: 1

11:06am Fri 14 Mar 14

It's good to talk says...

User2384 wrote:
How convenient for motorists driving too fast for the conditions and having (clearly) negligible observation skills that they can now blame their inability to control a car on someone else. Millions of people drive on unlit roads without crashing yet for some reason a number of Essex residents appear unable to do so.
Why Essex residents? I am sure there are a few Londoners, Hertfordshire residents etc that drive through Essex .
[quote][p][bold]User2384[/bold] wrote: How convenient for motorists driving too fast for the conditions and having (clearly) negligible observation skills that they can now blame their inability to control a car on someone else. Millions of people drive on unlit roads without crashing yet for some reason a number of Essex residents appear unable to do so.[/p][/quote]Why Essex residents? I am sure there are a few Londoners, Hertfordshire residents etc that drive through Essex . It's good to talk
  • Score: 1

4:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

User2384 says...

ThurrockResident wrote:
I see the Tory Essex County Council cuts are causing accidents. This isn't a surprise to anyone really.
Ridiculous. The cuts aren't causing accidents, it's the people who are driving the cars causing the accidents because they're not looking properly at the road ahead and driving too fast for the conditions. It has literally nothing to do with street lights and if the drivers say it has then they are simply trying to pass the buck for their own mistake. Will the driver of a single-car accident really have the front to tell their insurance company that the council are responsible for their accident for not having street lights on? I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]ThurrockResident[/bold] wrote: I see the Tory Essex County Council cuts are causing accidents. This isn't a surprise to anyone really.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous. The cuts aren't causing accidents, it's the people who are driving the cars causing the accidents because they're not looking properly at the road ahead and driving too fast for the conditions. It has literally nothing to do with street lights and if the drivers say it has then they are simply trying to pass the buck for their own mistake. Will the driver of a single-car accident really have the front to tell their insurance company that the council are responsible for their accident for not having street lights on? I don't think so. User2384
  • Score: -1

7:54pm Fri 14 Mar 14

escapefrome17 says...

Blaming this on lack of street lighting is nonsense-by that logic one could extrapolate that every car driven at night will automatically crash on every bend. My car has headlights, it gets dark, I turn 'em on and hence tend not to crash into random stuff, but then again I don't drive it drunk and I have a licence....
Blaming this on lack of street lighting is nonsense-by that logic one could extrapolate that every car driven at night will automatically crash on every bend. My car has headlights, it gets dark, I turn 'em on and hence tend not to crash into random stuff, but then again I don't drive it drunk and I have a licence.... escapefrome17
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dennis Briggs says...

I don't drive so I therefore cannot comment on one's standard of driving.
What I can comment on is that is dangerous to be walking home from the various tube stations in Essex. The dangers are risk of assault from people who can quickly disappear into the dark. The risk of injury due to the state of the sidewalks. As I mentioned earlier we have had a mild winter snow and ice wise but on any other year we can expect a good covering of both snow and ice. Again being a pedestrian we do not have the luxury of gritted pavements.
Would you feel comfortable letting your wife/daughter walk home in total darkness?
Finally I have reasonable eyesight but unfortunately I have not got the ability to headlights on! Reading some of these comments maybe us pedestrians should were miners lamps when we travel on foot late at night.
I don't drive so I therefore cannot comment on one's standard of driving. What I can comment on is that is dangerous to be walking home from the various tube stations in Essex. The dangers are risk of assault from people who can quickly disappear into the dark. The risk of injury due to the state of the sidewalks. As I mentioned earlier we have had a mild winter snow and ice wise but on any other year we can expect a good covering of both snow and ice. Again being a pedestrian we do not have the luxury of gritted pavements. Would you feel comfortable letting your wife/daughter walk home in total darkness? Finally I have reasonable eyesight but unfortunately I have not got the ability to headlights on! Reading some of these comments maybe us pedestrians should were miners lamps when we travel on foot late at night. Dennis Briggs
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ThurrockResident says...

I wouldn't have been able to walk home from my social club had the street lights been out where I live.
I wouldn't have been able to walk home from my social club had the street lights been out where I live. ThurrockResident
  • Score: 2

9:45am Thu 20 Mar 14

Cubana says...

If people can't walk home in the dark they should GET A TORCH!
If people can't walk home in the dark they should GET A TORCH! Cubana
  • Score: -3

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