Thurrock will keep street lights on

Thurrock Gazette: Despite parts of Essex being plunged into darkness, street lights in Thurrock will remain on Despite parts of Essex being plunged into darkness, street lights in Thurrock will remain on

STREET lights will NOT be switched off across Thurrock after midnight, it has been confirmed.

Councillor Andy Smith, who’s in charge of planning, regeneration and transport, told the last full council meeting Thurrock had no plans to plunge the borough into darkness.

It will, therefore, not be following the lead of Essex County Council.

Lights have gone out in many areas, including parts of Basildon, Billericay, Braintree and Rochford, between midnight and 5am, to save money, sparking outrage from residents.

Answering a question from fellow councillor Michael Stone, Mr Smith said: “We will not be doing it.

“There have been frightening results because of it, including an increase in crime.

“We’re fortunate that we’re not run by Essex County Council, as we’d be in the dark by now. We’ll be keeping our lights on.”

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10:50am Sun 9 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Waste of money having the lights on - and it doesn't increase crime. Criminals prefer daylight when homes are empty...
Waste of money having the lights on - and it doesn't increase crime. Criminals prefer daylight when homes are empty... Jack222

4:27pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Jb66 says...

Better to have lights if people are walking home though.
Better to have lights if people are walking home though. Jb66

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