Day: 15/02/2015

A tale of two unitary authorities: illuminating Essex


The ongoing trails and tribulations of Essex County Council’s decision to turn off streetlights at night have caught my interest of late.

For the uninitiated, Essex decided to turn off streetlights between midnight and 5am, to save something in the region of £14m over 13 years — so slightly more than £1m per year. It has not, shall we say, been an uncontroversial decision.

It’s come into recent sharp focus with the decision of Harlow District Council to pay Essex to turn them back on.

Of course, things are slightly different in Southend.

Read on…