Part Night Street Lighting
September 27, 2013 by Editor
Essex County Council is currently consulting on its proposal to introduce ‘part night’ street lighting in the District from January 2014.
The County’s consultation seeks views and particularly suggestions as to those areas which meet the exception criteria, advising of the location of the lights including street and settlement names and the reason for meeting these criteria.
So please let us know by emailing john [at] onlinemail.me [dot] uk or christine.mason [at] rochfordessex [dot] net
‘Part Night’ lighting , where the lights are switched off between midnight and 5am, was introduced in Maldon and Uttlesford Districts in 2007. It was introduced in Braintree and Chelmsford from 1 September 2013 and the intention is to roll it out across the remaining parts of the County in a phased way with Brentwood and Harlow being the last two Districts where it will be introduced from February 2014.
The County advise that ‘part night’ lighting brings benefits in the form of energy consumption and carbon emissions, a reduction in light pollution, and a more tailored, responsive service eg lights can stay on later over periods such as New Years Eve, etc. In Uttlesford and Maldon there has been no evidence to support the possible effects of such a move in terms of raising crime levels, an increasing ‘fear of crime’ or accident rates. Crime rates in both Districts have fallen broadly in line with the rest of the County since 2007 and surveys commissioned by the County show that the percentage of people who feel safe outside after dark has increased in both Districts over the same period.
The County propose that lights in areas meeting the following exception criteria will continue to be lit throughout the night. This amounts to around 30% of streetlights:
The criteria are:
- Sites where there are a large number of conflicting traffic movements eg roundabouts which are on significant routes (generally where light columns are 6m or more);
- Sites where lights have been installed as a result of accident remedial measures;
- Town Centres where there is one or more of the following features –
- i) publicly maintained CCTV;
- ii) a high proportion of high security premises (eg banks,jewellers);
- iii) areas of high crime risk;
- iv)Areas where there is a high concentration of people at night e.g. Transport interchanges, nightclubs;
- Main approaches to town centres where there is a mix of development between residential and commercial/industrial;
- Sites where the police can demonstrate that there is likely to be an increase in crime; remote footpaths and alleys linking residential streets;
- where there is a statutory requirement to provide lighting.