Last ditch attempt to stop switch-off
PUBLISHED: 15:31 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010
A LATE bid to halt Essex County Council s (ECC) street light switch-off has been mounted by Stansted Parish Council. The trial, which would see all county council-operated lights switched off across Uttlesford until May from midnight to 5am, is due to sta
A LATE bid to halt Essex County Council's (ECC) street light switch-off has been mounted by Stansted Parish Council.
The trial, which would see all county council-operated lights switched off across Uttlesford until May from midnight to 5am, is due to start later this month.
The pilot scheme does not apply to Saffron Walden.
Stansted Parish Council, along with Uttlesford District Council's South Area Panel, have compiled a report criticising ECC for not listening to the views of Stansted residents.
And ECC LibDem leader Cllr Tom Smith-Hughes has called for a review.
Cllr Alan Dean, Stansted South representative, said: "It feels like we have been ignored in Stansted and Uttlesford as a whole for far too long by the highways department at ECC. This report is a devastating critique of arrogance and riding roughshod over local opinion."
The report claims a flawed methodology was used to establish pilot areas and public consultation carried out by the parish council was ignored.
Stansted Parish Council chairman Cllr Geoffrey
Sell said: "Cllr Bass is discriminating against Stansted by ignoring local opinion and only listening to other parts of the district and the county.
"Residents in streets threatened by the midnight switch-off have voted by as much as six to one against the county council plan.
"I am very disappointed with the way Essex County Council has handled this.