Streetlights to be switched off in North Yorkshire?

08.38 | 7 July 2011 |

Most streetlights across North Yorkshire could be switched off at night as part of a cost cutting measure by the county council, according to BBC News.

The proposals would see two-thirds of the county’s 48,000 streetlights turned off between midnight and 0500 GMT.

The four-year plan would reduce the £1.7m streetlights budget by £400,000. The council says lights will not be switched off in areas where crime and safety are issues, and that full consultation will be carried out with local communities before any lights are turned off.

Councillor Gareth Dadd, executive member for highways and planning services, said: “We want to ensure that only non-essential street lights are removed or switched off for part of the night.”

Apart from the budget saving, the council claims the proposals would also reduce carbon emissions by almost 2,000 tonnes by 2015.

Click here to read the full BBC News report.


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