Lights to go out to cut down on electricity?

STREET lights could be turned off in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to save money. North Somerset Council has a backlog of £12million worth of repairs needed for streetlighting across the district. Council bosses say they are looking for way

STREET lights could be turned off in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to save money.North Somerset Council has a backlog of £12million worth of repairs needed for streetlighting across the district.Council bosses say they are looking for ways to cut the authority's electricity bill. Recent rises brought in by electricity providers means it now costs £500,000 a year to light up the district.Councillor John Crockford-Hawley, executive member for strategic planning, said North Somerset was looking at an experimental system to turn off town centre lights during the early hours of the morning.Essex County Council decided to turn off some street lights in town centre locations between midnight and 5am.Councillor Crockford-Hawley said: "We're looking into the Essex experiment and seeing how that goes and if we could implement it here."But there's a lot of risks to the system including safety to people and properties and how it will affect motorists."If there was an accident then the council could be liable, so we'll have to see how the system works first.