Call to switch off street lights to save money and energy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 October 2011

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A NORTH Somerset Councillor has called on a village to accept having its street lights switched off at night to save energy.

Bleadon Parish Council is divided about whether its lights should be switched off completely between midnight and 5am, as in some other areas of Weston.

Ultimately, the decision will be made by North Somerset Council, but Terry Porter, councillor for Hutton says the village should support any future decision to switch off street lighting if it is made.

The council is currently looking at turning off lights across the district in a bid to save money and energy, but has allowed them to remain on in certain areas.

Councillor Porter said the only reason lights remain on now is because the photo cell technology introduced a few decades ago made it cheaper to keep them on all night.

He said: “I think it is worth doing to save energy at night but there is no point in doing that if the parishioners and residents don’t want it.”

Some parish councillors fear it may lead to more crime if lights are switched off, while others backed the idea and said it would cut light pollution.

Police said that they have no evidence that crime has increased in areas where lights have been turned off overnight.

PC Steven Church said: “Actually it is a bit of a fallacy that most crimes happen in the middle of the night. Most are in the early evening.

“Our officers are monitoring areas where lights have been switched off and will be quick to respond if there are any changes.”

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