Street lights turn-off talk

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Councillors at Derbyshire County Council will consider proposals to turn off some of the county’s street lights for a few hours each night at a meeting on 31 January.

More than 840 people responded to a public consultation about plans to turn off around 40,000 street lights between midnight and 5.30am and the council say 69 per cent were in favour.

Over 64 per cent also voted in favour of switching off lights in non residential areas.

Over 2,000 tonnes of carbon would be saved each year and £400,000 on energy bills.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Simon Spencer, said: “We need to take action to cut carbon and help reduce the effects of global warming. We’re committed to cutting our carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2014/15 and street lighting is one of the main offenders.”