Councillors fight light scheme

PUBLISHED: 14:35 22 February 2007 | UPDATED: 21:34 29 May 2010

DUNMOW Town Council has reiterated its opposition to proposed plans for partial street lighting in the town. In a letter approved at full council on Friday, town clerk Owen Wilson tells Essex County Council that it remains unconvinced part-night lighting

DUNMOW Town Council has reiterated its opposition to proposed plans for partial street lighting in the town.

In a letter approved at full council on Friday, town clerk Owen Wilson tells Essex County Council that it remains unconvinced part-night lighting will achieve the environmental and financial gains predicted by the ECC.

"We are still convinced that there will be significant rises in crime and disorder and health and safety problems from these proposals," said Mr Wilson.

In its previous letter to the ECC, dated December 6 2006, the town council asked that, should the scheme go ahead, Beaumont Hill, Braintree Road, Church End, Lime Tree Hill and The Causeway remain fully lit.

"We still stand by what we said in that letter," said Mr Wilson.

"If, despite the objections of the DTC and the residents who have also voiced their opposition, they still insist on going through with these plans, they should also be prepared to accept alone the responsibility for such a decision."

In a special meeting on January 22, Bob Cook, ECC's highways group manager, provided a plan where Beaumont Hill, Braintree Road, part of Church End, and The Causeway would retain full street lighting.

In the latest letter from DTC, it puts forward another 19 areas with more than 70 lights that it feels should be kept fully lit throughout the hours of darkness.

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