Street lights in part of east and north Dorset turned off overnight to reduce costs

Bournemouth Echo: Street lights switched off overnight in parts of Dorset Street lights switched off overnight in parts of Dorset

STREET lights will be switched off overnight in northern and eastern parts of Dorset from the end of April in a bid to reduce energy costs.

Dorset County Council said that lights will be switched off between 1am and 6.30am British Summer Time, only coming back on if it is still dark.

It said that lights would be turned off only where there were no significant concerns over road safety or crime and 350 lamps would remain lit, including on main roads, in town centres and on roads with speed humps.

SSE Contracting has begun converting around 1,700 lights, which will take around four months.

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

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.”

Details are available online at www.dorsetforyou.com/partnightlighting

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11:08am Wed 2 Apr 14

Dorset Mitch says...

Have been switched off in the North of the county for about a year now!
Have been switched off in the North of the county for about a year now! Dorset Mitch
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11:10am Wed 2 Apr 14

jumptoit says...

Where can we see the roads affected, the link in the article is no use whatsoever.
Where can we see the roads affected, the link in the article is no use whatsoever. jumptoit
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12:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Just a pity they won't turn off the manner in which they waste money, pay fat-cat salaries and keep employing 'consultants' and 'advisors' to tell them the obvious.
Just a pity they won't turn off the manner in which they waste money, pay fat-cat salaries and keep employing 'consultants' and 'advisors' to tell them the obvious. muscliffman
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2:18pm Wed 2 Apr 14

skydriver says...

Alas there is not a reduction in council tax because of these cost savings.
It's only saving the councils money not those who pay the tax.Fact!
Alas there is not a reduction in council tax because of these cost savings. It's only saving the councils money not those who pay the tax.Fact! skydriver
  • Score: 1

9:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

littlevoice234 says...

What about those walking home from late night shifts? Barmen/women... factory workers, shop assistants/shelf stackers who work late and cant afford a taxi home. Turning the street lights off leaves the area pitch black. Its irresponsible and unsafe to leave people in a vulnerable position like that. Ive experienced it myself.. having to talk a torch with me to walk home; being very scared. We pay for these things!!
What about those walking home from late night shifts? Barmen/women... factory workers, shop assistants/shelf stackers who work late and cant afford a taxi home. Turning the street lights off leaves the area pitch black. Its irresponsible and unsafe to leave people in a vulnerable position like that. Ive experienced it myself.. having to talk a torch with me to walk home; being very scared. We pay for these things!! littlevoice234
  • Score: 0

9:26am Thu 3 Apr 14

littlevoice234 says...

Take*
Take* littlevoice234
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