Essex County Council has started the consultation process for the introduction of part-night street-lighting in the Chelmsford area.
During the consultation period all parish and town councils, Chelmsford City Council, county councillors and the emergency services will have the opportunity to make any requests for areas that should be excluded from the scheme.
Maps have been sent to all consultees detailing which lights have been included in the proposed scheme. Areas such as town centres, key road junctions and accident cluster sites have already been made exempt. The six-week consultation period closes on Friday 30th November.
The part-night lighting scheme will help to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions and energy expenditure. Streetlights that are switched to part-night lighting will be turned off between midnight and 5am.
The County Council has been running a part-night lighting scheme in Maldon and Uttlesford since 2007. During the trial period there was no demonstrable increase in crime statistics or road collisions.
County Councillor Derrick Louis, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said: “We are taking a careful and considered approach to our part-night lighting scheme, and the consultation period ensures that we are sensitive to local needs. No streetlights will be switched to part-night operation until we have consulted with parish, district and borough councils, and the emergency services.”
Residents can see maps for the proposed changes to part-night lighting by visiting www.essexhighways.org/Street-Lighting/Part-Night-Lighting.aspx