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Bonkers Blog October 2015

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18 October (Part 6) - In the dark

BlackVery little has been said either here or elsewhere about the plan to turn off Bexley’s street lights between midnight and 5:30 a.m. It was mentioned at the Places Scrutiny meeting on 18th February and that was about it until a few Welling residents found just a week or two ago that they had drawn the short straw.

Basically there had been no news until the revamped Bexley Times put it on their front page a week ago.

Deputy leader Alex Sawyer says it is going to save £300,000 a year if extended borough wide. He says it will be “if the council deems it successful”. Good to see that he has abandoned the pretence of further consultation.

The likelihood is that the expenditure will be transferred to other budgets, the police, Accident & Emergency, insurance companies and undertakers. Leaving parks unlocked at night has seen some unintended consequences but no doubt time will tell.

Bexley council’s notice to directly affected householders may be read here. It includes a map but as it is devoid of street names it is quite useless to anyone unfamiliar with the area. Bexley council at its best.


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