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Council asks for more time to consider street light switch-off
12:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
DISTRICT councillors are calling for more time to consider controversial plans to switch off 70 percent of street lights in Tendring.
Street lights in certain areas could be switched off between midnight and 5am in certain areas from January 1 in a bid to reduce energy consumption and light pollution.
A consultation on the Essex County Council plan ends on September 27, but Tendring Council wants a further month to investigate the proposals.
Council leader Peter Halliday said some councillors are concerned about the reduction in lighting while others understand it would will help to save money in a difficult financial climate.
He said it was reported by the county council that a trial of the idea in Maldon and Uttlesford was successful.
“We could have just said that we did not want any lights turned off but I do not feel that was the right road to go down if we are being realistic,” said Mr Halliday.
“Essex County Council has come to us to consult with us about which lights to switch off and where to leave around 30 per cent on.
“We now need to get down to the job of which lights meet county’s exceptional criteria for staying on."
Mr Halliday will now write to Councillor Rodney Bass, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, to ask for the extension until October 27.