PUBLISHED: 13:28 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:53 29 May 2010
AFTER having an enjoyable evening at a private party at one of the town s restaurants, my sister and three friends (all female) left at about quarter past midnight. We made sure one friend reached her car safely, in White Street, then another reach her h
AFTER having an enjoyable evening at a private party at one of the town's restaurants, my sister and three friends (all female) left at about quarter past midnight.
We made sure one friend reached her car safely, in White Street, then another reach her house between White Street and North Street. Not having been out in Great Dunmow after midnight we had forgotten that minor street lamps are switched off. We were commenting on not being able to see very well and that we should have a torch, when I tripped on an unseen, low kerb and fell onto my face.
Now, I hear you saying, oh she'd been out and must have been drinking. Yes I had been drinking, but I'd also drunk soft drinks, eaten a three-course meal and danced for three hours. I was feeling happy at having had a really enjoyable time and relatively sober by this time.
As a town we are not able to put up festive lights due to 'health and safety'. Why therefore are the residents of Great Dunmow, who want to spend their money with our local traders allowed to walk home in the dark, risking their 'health and safety'?
I'm all for ideas of conserving energy but feel the lights should be switched off after the local restaurants and clubs close, perhaps at one or two am.
I have written to the council, enclosing a photograph of the injuries I have sustained to my face, although I also have grazes and bruises to my hands and knees, asking them to consider the above. Otherwise, we either have to be like Cinderella, home before midnight or carry a torch!