Update 17th June 2014:
I have today received a reply from MP Bernard Jenkin’s constituency assistant:
Dear Mr Turvey
Thank you for your email regarding the switching off of the lights in Essex by the County Council. I can confirm Mr Jenkin has written to both the Chief Constable and the Chief Fire Officer asking that they provide him with statistics on crime and incident figures since the lights were switched off, as well as their own views on the impact this has had on Harwich. Once Mr Jenkin receives responses to his request he will be contacting everyone directly who has contacted him about this issue.
Thomas Fairweather Constituency Assistant to Bernard Jenkin MP House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
My original email (dated 9th June 2014) to Harwich MP Bernard Jenkin:
I am concerned about the recent decision by Essex County Council to switch off most street lighting between midnight and 5am. I understand that this decision was taken without appropriate consultation with disability groups or the wider community.
Regardless of how the decision was taken, the result for Harwich is a recorded increase in crime, a reluctance for honest residents to be out late, particularly at weekends, and major discourse. I was at a protest on Friday night at the top of Dovercourt’s High Street next to Brooklyn Road, the scene of vehicle fires a few weeks ago. We have had the farce whereby the street lighting next to Tendring DC CCTV cameras has been off, rendering the cameras useless. A haven for criminals? The crime stats certainly concur in April and I will be looking at the May stats with interest. The nett effect of the cost-saving exercise by Essex CC would be higher insurance premiums for your constituents.
Would you please review the crime stats, speak to Tendring about their concerns and lobby Essex CC to review their decision?
Feel free to copy this email text. His parliamentary secretary’s email is PERRYC@parliament.uk (Cathy Perry)