Street Lights in Hawkwell & Hockley to be Switched Off Midnight to 5am soon

June 30, 2012 by  

Update from Cllr Derrick Louis TD MBA MCILT MAPM
Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, Essex County Council

“Just writing to keep you up to date on the progress of the Part Night Lighting scheme. I’m pleased to confirm that the telecells for the Central Management System (CMS) will start to be installed tomorrow. The contractor will start work in Ashingdon and then move on to Hawkwell and Hockley.”

Will this happen universally across Rochford District? 

District Councillor Keith Hudson advises “Generally most lights will be switched in accordance with the new regime but the County Highways Department do the have the ability to exclude specific luminaires for security or safety purposes, as they see fit.” 

Will it be soon?  Yes, the Rochford Independent thinks so.

If you have forgotten what this is all about here is a reminder;

“Essex County Council (ECC) has been running a pilot part-night scheme in Maldon and Uttlesford since 2007, with street-lights being switched off between midnight and 5am each night.

Crime statistics recorded during the trial showed no significant change due to the installation of part-night lighting in the two districts. The number of offences occurring between 11.30pm and 5.30am actually dropped by 14% in Maldon and by 12.6% in Uttlesford.

Since the pilot scheme began there has also been no demonstrable increase in road collisions. The pilot has also delivered energy savings of 20% (circa £70,000 per annum). It is estimated that switching 70% of ECC’s street lights to part-night would reduce carbon emissions by 8,000 tonnes per year.”

“To facilitate the move to part-night lighting ECC has also begun the phased roll-out of a new central management system (CMS) for street lighting across Essex.

The will bring a number of operational and efficiency benefits, enabling all ECC-owned streetlights to be controlled remotely from a single location. It will also provide instant notification of any streetlight failure, which will mean faults can be repaired more quickly.”


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