About part night lighting (PNL)
Over 70% of the 129,000 council-owned streetlights are operating part night lighting, with certain exceptions that meet the key criteria outlined below. Part night street lights are switched off between 1am and 5am, Tuesday to Sunday (midnight until 5am on Monday mornings).
To see which lights we switch off, please view the map below which shows all street lights owned and operated by us and our illuminated signs / bollards.
Certain locations meeting the exception criteria will continue to be lit through the night, such as:
- Sites where there are a large number of conflicting traffic movements (eg roundabouts) which are on significant routes (generally those lit by columns greater than 6m high)
- Sites where street lights are installed as a result of accident remedial measures
- Town Centre areas where there is one or more of the following features:
- Publicly maintained CCTV
- High proportion of high security premises (eg. banks, jewellers)
- Areas of high crime risk
- High concentration of people at night such as transport interchanges, nightclubs etc.
- Main approaches to town centre areas where there is a mix of development between residential and commercial/industrial (eg. not exclusively residential)
- Sites where the police can demonstrate that there is likely to be an increase in crime if the lights are switched off during part of the night (or that there will be a decrease in crime if the lights are switched back on)
- Remote footpaths and alleys linking residential streets
- Where there is a statutory requirement to provide lighting.
Lighting for road signs, traffic bollards etc., are not be affected.
Agreement was reached between Harlow Council and Essex County Council to keep Harlow’s street lights on all night seven days a week from 25 October 2015. Read full announcement.
Street lights in parts of Epping operate part night lighting between 1am and 5am all week.
Street Lighting Map and Key
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