Lincolnshire County Council’s plan to switch lights off early is reversed after public concern

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. Photo: Rob Foulkes EMN-150915-141818001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. Photo: Rob Foulkes EMN-150915-141818001
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The county council has reversed its plans to turn off some street lights at 10pm in response to public concern.

The council is aiming to save £1.7m from its annual £5m street lighting budget, which will involve turning off some lights in residential areas for part of the night.

Although the majority of these lights will go out at midnight, the authority had initially planned to turn off some at 10pm.

However, following calls from some of those affected, the council has decided to revise its plans, and leave all ‘part-night’ lights on until midnight. After this time there is significantly less traffic.

Executive member for highways and transport Richard Davies (Con) said: “The evidence shows these particular lights can be turned off for part of the night without jeopardising people’s safety. And by saving money in this way, we can protect other vital areas, like the pothole budget.

“However, we know some people are concerned by the changes, particularly those on streets where the lights have been going out at 10pm. We’ve listened, and have decided to revise our plans. That means all ‘part-night’ lights will now remain on until midnight.

“Those lights that have been converted to 10pm will be revisited over the next two months and will be reset to switch off at midnight.

“The rest of the transformation programme will proceed as planned.”

He said savings would have to be found elsewhere and the council would be investigating this. For more visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/streetlighting