Our Services - Street lighting

Requesting a new street light

We have a power, not a duty, under the Highways Act 1980 to provide and maintain road lighting. We must carefully balance the need for lighting with conflicting demands such as the requirement to reduce energy consumption and minimise CO2 emissions and light pollution.

When we receive a request for new, additional or improved street lighting we will consider it against the following criteria:

  • History of night time traffic accidents; or
  • Incidents of night time crime and fear of crime.

Please note requests to change part-night street lights to stay on all night need to come from the police.

ESCC's Highways Policies

You can access the Highways Inspection Manual, the Investigatory Matrix and more information about the Council's policies and strategies for the highways service on their website

Highways Policies, Strategies and Plans

Report a problem

If you think the problem is an emergency please call us on 0345 60 80 193. If it is not an emergency you can report it easily online here.

Report a problem online