Turning off the street lights in Bexhill
Bexhill could lose street lighting as the county council looks around for ways to save money.
Its plan is to turn off some lights, reduce the number in some residential streets and dim lights on main roads across the county, but East Sussex County Council says these changes will only happen between midnight and the early hours of the morning.
Some existing lights will also be replaced with lower wattage, more energy efficient lights.
Events will be held so that people can find out more about what might happen and make their views knowm - the first locally will be on Saturday February 23, 9-12noon, at Sidley Children’s Centre and the next will be the following Saturday, March 2, 9-12, venue to be confirmed.
The county council is aiming to make changes in order to save the money spent on electricity for street lighting across East Sussex. The extent of the savings that need to be made over the next few years has been widely publicised, and the ESCC claims it is continuing to look for ways of saving money “as painlessly” as possible. These changes will also help to reduce the council’s carbon emissions and protect the environment.
Each town or village will have different needs, so the county council will design a plan for each area tailored to its particular needs. These
changes will be rolled out on a town by town basis.
Councillor Carl Maynard, lead cabinet member for 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. But 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.”
People will also be able to find all the information and make comments online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay between February 25 and March 11.
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