Tendring district residents have been asked for their views on the street light switch-off on news that a cash pot of £160,000 has been set aside by the district council to pay for them to be turned back on.
Tendring District Council’s cabinet is currently in the process of gathering evidence over the impact that part-night lighting is having on the community. It is looking for written information from residents, town and parish counciles, emergency services and motoring organisations about whether the switch-off has been detrimental.
Essex County Council made a decision last year to switch off lights between midnight and 5am.
At a full council meeting on February 10, council leader Mick Page announced that the £160,000 had been set aside if required. “This has been a real issue for our residents, both in favour of putting the lights back on or keeping them off,” he said.
He added: “After the results of the consultation have been received the review will be reported back to this council on March 24 and we will then decide whether or not the money should be spent.”
Residents can make their views known by emailing  streetlighting@tendringdc.gov.uk by February 23.