The Conservatives who run Essex County Council have voted down a Lib Dem plan to end the switch-off of street lights at midnight and install low energy LED lighting instead.
Liberal Democrat county councillors proposed the costed plan at Tuesday's budget-setting meeting of Essex County Council. The plan would reinstate all night street lighting in those areas of Essex that want it. Councils in Colchester, Brentwood and Harlow have already voted to switch the lights back on.
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The Lib Dems made the proposal as part of a budget amendment. The details of the Lib Dem budget amendment are:-
Supporting Essex's young people
£1.9m being drawn down from the Transformation Reserve to return Youth Service funding to 2013 / 2014 level for 2015/16 only.
£750,000 being diverted from the emergency contingency in 2015/16 to Families and Children to fund Post 16 school transport to enable young people from low income families to continue in education, and to be added to the MTRS on an on-going basis.
Investing in our infrastructure and keeping Essex safe
£2.0m being diverted from the emergency contingency in 2015/16 to Highways and Transportation to fund additional footway and highways repairs, prioritising urban local roads and to be added to the MTRS on an on-going basis.
£330,000 diverted from the Emergency Contingency in 2015/16 to fund six additional Highways Engineers to progress the work of Local Highways Panels and to be added to the MTRS on an on-going basis.
£360,000 diverted from the Emergency Contingency in 2015/16 to Highways and Transportation to reinstate all night street lighting in those areas that wish it, for example, Colchester, Brentwood and Harlow, who have passed resolutions to that effect and to be added to the MTRS on an on-going basis.
£60,000 being drawn down from the Consultation Reserve to fund a consultation of Essex residents, for 2015/16 only, in other council areas which have not yet determined if they wish the street lights to be left on at night.
Supporting learning in Essex
£75,000 being drawn down from the Transformation Reserve in 2015/16 only, to address shortcomings raised in the "requires improvement" Adult Community Learning Ofsted report and develop new curriculum areas to support future income generation.
Bring the 'starts approval' for the LED Street Lighting scheme (£2.5m) forwards from 2016/17 and into 2015/16, and to finance the increase in the capital payments guideline for 2015/16 by a withdrawal from the Reserve for Future Capital Funding (on the basis that this Reserve will be replenished by reducing the planned withdrawal in 2016/17 by £2.5m).