Switching the district’s street lights back on would cost just over £60,000, a campaigner and former accountant has said.

David Bigg, chairman of the Witham and Braintree Rail Users Association, said the amount was equivalent to the “negligible” annual savings from the scheme.

Using figures obtained through Freedom of Information laws, Mr Bigg has calculated that County Hall makes an annual saving of £5.92 from each of the district’s 10,456 part-time street lights, which are switched off between midnight and 5am.

Reported by the Braintree and Witham Times. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.