Residents to have say over future of street lights

By Rob George 31/05 Updated: 07/06 12:39

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VALE residents are being urged to have their say on the future of the area's street lights as part of a consultation by Worcestershire County Council.

The council agreed to carry out a series of pilot schemes in parishes across the county in February to test out the impact of reducing street lighting to save on carbon emissions, as well as cash.

Evesham town councillor John Smith, who is also in charge of the county's transport and highways, has written to all parish councils to gauge their interest in taking part in the scheme.

Coun Ken Pollock is also leading a group of councillors who are examining the current street light situation and the estimated costs, savings, benefits and disadvantages of reducing street lighting.

The group will also investigate how energy prices and electricity tariffs are agreed and the possible cost implications of reduced lighting.

How the location for the trials will be decided and how reduced lighting schemes might be rolled out to other areas will also be discussed by the group.

As part of the investigation, residents are being asked to speak out and say whether they want street lighting in their area and whether or not they would be willing for existing lights to be turned off or dimmed for a period during the night.

Worcestershire County Council is currently responsible for 52,000 street lights and 8,000 illuminated road signs which cost about £2 million in electricity and account for 21 per cent of the council's CO2 emissions.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the investigation is asked to do so by June 19 via to e-mail swood@worcestershire.gov.uk or by calling 01905 822873.

Alternatively, residents can write to Stella Wood, Legal and Democratic Services, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Worcester WR5 2NP.

Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk for more details.

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