More street light switch off council plans

The street lights in Stone Cross and West Ham could be soon be switched off at night following a proposal by the cash-strapped county council .

All over the country councils have taken the controversial step of switching off the street lighting late at night in an effort to cut costs.

East Sussex County Council is now following suit and is making changes across the County.

On Saturday (November 10) council staff will host an open day to discuss plans for street lighting in Stone Cross and Westham.

A spokesman for the council said, “The County Council is turning off some street lights between 12.30am and 5.30am approximately, reducing by 50 per cent the number of street lights operating between 12.30am and 5.30am approximately in some larger residential roads; and dimming lights on main roads across the county.

“These changes will only affect street lighting between midnight and the early hours.

“Some existing lights will also be replaced with lower wattage, more energy efficient lights.”

The open day event takes place in St Lukes Parish Centre, Stone Cross on Saturday 10 November.

People who live, visit or work in Stone Cross and Westham, are invited to come along and see the maps of streets affected on display at the St Luke’s Parish Centre on 10 November between 9am – 12pm.

People will also be able to find all the information and make comments online between 10 November and 26 November – please see our current consultations section.

Information and comment forms will also be available at Westham Parish Council Offices and Pevensey Library.

The county council has said the changes will save the money spent on electricity for street lighting and will also help to reduce the council’s carbon emissions and protect the environment.

The council has also said because each town or village will have different needs it will design a plan for each area.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “We know local people are likely to have comments, so we are holding these events so you can tell us your views.

“You will be able to see detailed maps of your area. We will also publish the plans on our website. If you have concerns about a specific street, we would like you to tell us what they are. We will consider your comments together with other information we have about the area before any final decisions are made.

“The pilot schemes in other areas seem to have been well received by residents and businesses in the area, and the local police say there has been no increase in incidents reported to them. We know each town or village will have different needs, so it is really important you come along, look at the proposals and talk through your concerns or issues with our staff.”