Public consultation on street blackout plans

Polegate street lights may be turned off to save money.

Polegate street lights may be turned off to save money.

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A consultation is being held on plans to plunge parts of Polegate and Willingdon into darkness.

Cash strapped East Sussex County Council (ESCC) plans to switch off street lights in a number of streets.

ESCC hopes to shave around £160,000 from its annual electricity bill with the county wide scheme.

Depending on the outcome of residents’ feedback the lights will be switched off around two months after the December 21 consultation deadline.

The county council plans to turn off some street lights between 12.30am and 5.30am in larger residential roads and dim lights on main roads across the county. Some existing lights will also be replaced with more energy-efficient lights with lower wattage, say ESSSC.

Polegat’s Sayerland Estate including School Lane and Greenleaf Gardens, and the Western Avenue and Southern Avenue estate will be affected under proposals. Residents of these streets should receive a letter through asking them to take part in the consultation.

Terry Wright, chairman of Polegate Residents Association, said some people had expressed concerns about the changes.

He said: “I know a lot of dear souls are rather concerned, not annoyed, but the thought is putting them off.

“Where I live there will be no street lighting after midnight. I suppose its going to be strange but its just one of those things you have to accept.”

Information and comment forms are available at Polegate Town Council Offices and Polegate Library.

Throughout Willingdon both county council and parish street lighting will be affected. Information and comment forms are available at Willingdon Parish Council Office and Willingdon Library.

County Cllr Carl Maynard said they would consider all comments together with other information about the area before making a final decision. Visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk for more information.