County council plan to switch off street lights

a TIMETABLE for introducing plans to turn off some of Derbyshire’s street lights has been drawn up by the Derbyshire County Council.

A plan has been put forward so that by May next year, 68 areas will have their lights switched off between midnight and 5:30am. It is hoped that the plan will help cut carbon and save taxpayers money. Plans for the first seven areas will be able to view for comment next month. Cllr Simon Spencer, the deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport said action needed to be taken to reduce the effects of global warming. He continued: “We’re committed to cutting our carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2014/15 and street lighting is one of the main offenders. We also need to save £90m over the next four years and with rising energy prices we need to look at ways of doing things differently.”

Over the next four years the council will aim to turn off around 40,000 of it’s 89,000 street lights for a few hours each night.