Street Lighting

Can you repair the street light outside my property?

On most public roads in the borough, Essex County Council are responsible for street lighting. You can report a street lighting problem to them online using their Tell Us system.

Castle Point Borough Council is only responsible for the repair and maintenance of street lighting on land it owns, such as car parks, parks and open spaces.

We are also not responsible for the maintenance of street lighting in Private Streets or Private Roads - the responsibility remains with the local property owners. This may mean that residents will need to conduct further private research to establish who may have responsibility for the lights; things to consider might include local property deeds, land registry records or any historic agreements entered into with the developers of the area.

Regrettably, Castle Point Borough Council and Essex County Council are unable to assist further with the ownership of the street lights on these occasions.  

Anyone needing to carry out work on street lights is recommended to use a contractor who is HERS registered.

The electrical connection (cable in column) is via the UKPN (electricity board) network. Anything above the electrical cut out (like in a house) can be repaired by a contractor. Normally the electrical supply, the cut out and its enclosed fuse within the street light is the responsibility of the Distribution Network Operators - UK Power Networks.