Streetlights not working are a danger to Essex public, say Lib Dems

January 22, 2018 10:07 AM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

Street lightsCuts to council funding risk plunging the County into darkness, and broken street lighting are "a gift to criminals", say Essex Liberal Democrats

In the Essex County Council area, 25,234 street lights were reported as faulty in 2016/17 and currently 4,666 street lights are currently not working. The average time to fix streetlights is 7 days.

Councillor Mike Mackrory (Springfield Councillor and Essex CC Lib Dem Leader) said: "I was shocked to learn of the number of faulty streetlights across the County. Our streets are being plunged into darkness as a result of cuts to council funding. It is a gift to criminals and a threat to public safety."

"This is especially concerning in the dark winter months when people rely on street lighting to get home safely. Street lighting is crucial to help cut crime and reduce the risk of road accidents."

"Cash-strapped councils must be given more resources to detect faulty street lights and get them repaired as soon as possible."

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Note to editors, these figures were obtained by Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.