Lights out: street lamps to be switched off in Purbeck to save council more cash

BLACK-OUT:  Switching off to save cash

BLACK-OUT: Switching off to save cash

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THE lights are going off across Purbeck over the next few weeks as Dorset County Council extends its drive to cut costs.

Lamps will be switched off around midnight in rural areas and the changes will begin in early December.

The council says the part-night black-out will only take place where there are no significant concerns over road safety or crime and 500 lamps will remain lit all night.

Around 1,600 lights will be converted by SSE Contracting, the county council’s street lighting partner, to switch off between midnight and 5.30am (1am to 6.30am BST).

The lamps will come on again in the morning only if it is still dark.

However they will remain lit all night on main roads, within town centres and on roads with speed humps. It will take around four weeks to complete the changes, which involves changing the light sensor on each lamp to a special timed version.

Part-night lighting has been rolled out across Dorset since 2011 and is operating on nearly all urban residential roads.

Residents have expressed fears that crime would rise as a consequence.

Dorset Police recently investigated claims that crime and anti-social behaviour had risen since the switch-off and found no increase.

Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “We take the concerns of our communities very seriously and have worked together with our local authority partners in Dorset County Council to closely monitor the areas where street lights have been switched off in case of any changes in crime levels.

“I’m pleased to say that we have found there has been no link to an increase in crime, which I hope will offer some reassurance to residents.”

The money saving scheme will be extended to all remaining towns and villages across the county over the next year, with town and parish councils consulted on which streets should remain lit all night.

More information is available at dorsetforyou.com/partnightlighting.

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5:49pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Yankee1 says...

I reckon they will blaze in Dorchester (where?).
I reckon they will blaze in Dorchester (where?). Yankee1
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Sat 16 Nov 13

exocet says...

I had a paper round when I was eleven and got 2/6d a week.Beat that Sarahj
I had a paper round when I was eleven and got 2/6d a week.Beat that Sarahj exocet
  • Score: -1

10:33pm Sat 16 Nov 13

manyogie says...

And yet these Councils just OK'd a spend of 3/4 million pounds to put in 4 plugs for electric cars!,
Why has the world gone mad?
And yet these Councils just OK'd a spend of 3/4 million pounds to put in 4 plugs for electric cars!, Why has the world gone mad? manyogie
  • Score: 4

11:42pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Mrs C. A Townend says...

Has no one learned yet, that crime levels can appear low where they are actually high due to being unreported or not noticed! In some areas where I have lived, it is very misleading as it is quiet but you just ask the residents and live there yourself, its a whole different ball game.
Has no one learned yet, that crime levels can appear low where they are actually high due to being unreported or not noticed! In some areas where I have lived, it is very misleading as it is quiet but you just ask the residents and live there yourself, its a whole different ball game. Mrs C. A Townend
  • Score: 1

9:45am Sun 17 Nov 13

manyogie says...

manyogie wrote:
And yet these Councils just OK'd a spend of 3/4 million pounds to put in 4 plugs for electric cars!,
Why has the world gone mad?
my mistake, its 15, not 4, however, that`s still a lot of money for a plug!
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: And yet these Councils just OK'd a spend of 3/4 million pounds to put in 4 plugs for electric cars!, Why has the world gone mad?[/p][/quote]my mistake, its 15, not 4, however, that`s still a lot of money for a plug! manyogie
  • Score: 1

11:27am Sun 17 Nov 13

Controversial But True says...

Complete opposite to the usual council's where the lights are on, but nobody is home!!
Complete opposite to the usual council's where the lights are on, but nobody is home!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Sun 17 Nov 13

High Treason says...

JessicaSorensen wrote:
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SPAM!
[quote][p][bold]JessicaSorensen[/bold] wrote: my best friend's aunt makes 45 GBP an hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for 6 months but last month her income was 14926 GBP just working on the computer for a few hours. look at these guys... www.Bar17.com[/p][/quote]SPAM! High Treason
  • Score: -1

2:54pm Sun 17 Nov 13

Bob49 says...

now why not switch off the lights on the seafront in the winter - if only from 2am onwards

or why are the lights left blazing all night, even in the middle of winter, at the Overstrand building that houses the surfpods - nobody is allowed there after 12midnight so why are they on ?
now why not switch off the lights on the seafront in the winter - if only from 2am onwards or why are the lights left blazing all night, even in the middle of winter, at the Overstrand building that houses the surfpods - nobody is allowed there after 12midnight so why are they on ? Bob49
  • Score: 4

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