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Council could put street lights back on overnight in Colchester

Street lighting in Colchester could be turned back on overnight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Borough Council will meet tonight to decide whether or not to pay Essex County Council to switch its streetlights back on overnight.

They will discuss whether or not to use money from the year's underspend to pay the County Council - which is responsible for street lighting.

It would cost Colchester Borough Council £185,000 to fund the lights overnight.

Essex County Council operates a part-time street lighting scheme, but recently Harlow's lights were switched back on overnight after they paid the council to do so.

Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I think the lights should be put back on at night because what’s the cost of a life? If the lights go back on and it saves a life or three people’s lives then I think that’s worth doing. I can’t prove it but I will never know if the lights stay off and someone gets killed I will say to myself we had the chance to put them back on and we didn’t do it.”

– Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council
St Andrew's Avenue, the scene of an accident where a young man died which led Cllr Hunt to take action Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex: Colchester Council to discuss street lights funding proposal

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back on overnight.

There's a motion to take cash from this year's underspend to get all lights switched back on between midnight and 5am.

The move comes after Harlow Council agreed to pay County Hall £100,000 for it's lights to be switched back on, resulting in a 1.5% council tax rise.

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Car enthusiasts cause traffic problems

Around 5,000 car enthusiasts caused traffic chaos on the A12 in Colchester yesterday. They were attending a car cruise event at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on United Way - as they queued to get in their cars blocked the A12 between junctions 27 and 28. Police advised motorists to avoid the area.

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Police hunt for driver who hit mother and nine-month-old baby - and failed to stop

Police in Colchester are looking for a driver who hit a woman pushing a pushchair, and then didn't stop. Credit: PA

Police in Colchester are looking for a driver who hit a woman pushing a pushchair, and then didn't stop.

The incident happened earlier this morning on Ipswich Road.

Police say that a white Nissan Micra collided with the woman and her nine-month-old baby. The driver of the car failed to stop.

"Fortunately, the mother and daughter only received minor injuries, but they were left very shaken up by this incident."

– Pc John Holmes, Essex Police

New Chief Operating Officer appointed at Colchester Hospital

Dr Shane Gordon.

The trust which runs Colchester Hospital has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer.

Dr Shane Gordon starts in a few weeks and will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of clinical services in terms of quality, performance and finance.

He is the fifth senior appointment at the Trust in recent weeks.

The hospital was branded 'inadequate' by the care quality commission last month.

Police appeal after fatal collision between a bus and a pedestrian

Essex police say a woman in her 90s has died after she was involved in a collision with a bus.

It happened in East Hill in Colchester at around 5pm this evening.

The woman who is from the town, died at the scene.

The road has been closed since the accident and Essex police hope to re-open it at around 10pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision to contact them through the 101 number.

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