Tendring District Council looks set to ask Essex County Council (ECC) to turn on streets lights all night in only some parts of the District – including Brightlingsea.

A working party has met to discuss the issue and all 60 Councillors have been asked to feed back the views of their residents. Now the matter will be finalised at a meeting of Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Full Council on Tuesday (Nov 24).

It looks likely – if agreed – that the request will be made for lights on in all of Brightlingsea, Clacton, Jaywick and Holland-on-Sea as well as Harwich, Dovercourt, Ramsey, Little Oakley. However, all other areas will continue to be switched off between 1am and 5am.

This involves the wards of Alresford; Ardleigh and Little Bromley; Beaumont and Thorpe; Bradfield; Wrabness and Wix; Frinton; Great Bentley, Hamford; Holland and Kirby; Homelands; Lawford, Little Clacton and Weeley; Manningtree; Mistley; Little Bentley and Tendring, St Osyth and Point Clear, Thorrington, Frating, Elmstead and Great Bromley; Walton.

TDC’s Cabinet is recommending the list is sent to Essex County Council Leader David Finch to ask for the cost of going ahead on that basis. Cllr Finch has already stated any agreement will need to be for at least four years.

Nick Turner, who headed up the working party, said it was a very complex and complicated issue. He said that there had been 46 responses from the 60 Councillors on the matter.

“There is also the issue of whether we should take on the costs of another council’s responsibility and I personally think we should not,” he said.

TDC Leader Neil Stock said that following Tuesday’s decision at Full Council, TDC will respond to Cllr Finch to find out the costings before any further decision is made.

“I also think this is the thin end of the wedge if we pay for street lighting which is ECC’s responsibility,” he added. “What would happen if ECC decided to stop running libraries, and mending potholes – would we expect to take those on?”

In February TDC agreed to set aside £160,000 in the 2015/16 financial year to restore street lighting if needed.

 

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