Harlow's street lights to be turned back on at night
20 October 2015
Agreement has been reached between Harlow Council and Essex County Council to keep Harlow’s street lights on all night seven days a week from 25 October 2015.
Essex County Council has accepted Harlow Council’s offer to fund street lights staying on all night every night in Harlow starting from when the clocks go back Sunday 25 October 2015. In February 2015, Harlow Council agreed as part of its 2015/16 budget to increase its Council Tax by 1.5 per cent to pay to keep street lights on subject to Essex County Council’s agreement.
The cost to Harlow Council will be just under £106,000 a year starting from 25 October 2015, and the costs will be reviewed annually at the end of October for the next four years. The agreement between the two Councils will see Harlow Council pay for the additional electricity and arising CO2 emissions with Essex County Council continuing to be responsible for the maintenance of the lights.
Harlow Council will also support Essex County Council on any initiatives to explore trialling the use of more energy efficient lighting to help reduce costs for Council taxpayers. In Harlow, Essex County Council is responsible for 9,005 lights* with around 85% per cent being switched off overnight since March 2014 between 12midnight to 5am under its part-night street lighting policy. The County Council’s policy was amended across the County in March 2015 with lights switching off between 12midnight and 5am one day a week and from 1am to 5am six days a week.
Essex County Council - part-night lighting
Harlow Council would like to make it clear that it was not responsible for switching off street lights in Harlow from 2 March 2015 to 29 March between 12 midnight and 5am and from 30 March 2015 to 25 October 2015 between 1am to 5am, every day of the week apart from the early hours of Monday mornings. More information on how part-night street lighting affects Harlow
- Reaction to Essex County Council’s rejection of street lights offer - 19 March 2015
- A message to the community from the Leader of Harlow Council: responding to your priorities - 10 February 2015
Harlow Council statements
21 January 2015
Harlow’s street lights are set to be switched back on after Harlow Council outlined proposals to raise Council Tax by 1.5%, an increase costing the average Harlow household just an extra seven pence a week. The proposed 1.5% increase will generate £100,000 which the Council plans to pay to Essex County Council to ensure that the town’s street lights are switched back on between midnight and 5am, seven days a week.
16 January 2015
In response to feedback from the budget consultation conducted last summer Harlow Council has been considering turning street lights back on in Harlow for a number of months as part of preparing its budget proposals for 2015/16. There will be a recommendation to Cabinet, about turning streets lights back on, at its meeting on 29 January 2015.
Letter to Essex County Council
10 November 2014
The three Political Group Leaders at Harlow Council have written to Essex County Council urging an urgent review of part-night street lighting in Harlow.
- Letter from Councillors (pdf) - Councillor Jon Clempner (Leader of Harlow Council), Councillor Andrew Johnson (Leader of the Conservative Group) and Councillor Bill Pryor (Leader of the UKIP Harlow Group)