Thursday, 19 January 2012

Street lights could be switched off to save cash

STREET lights could be switched off or dimmed to save cash under new council plans.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) is to pilot technology that allows staff to switch off selected lights permanently or for part of the night to save £80,000 a year.

Lights could also be dimmed in the early hours of the morning and the technology would enable instant reporting of faulty lights.

Yet a council report admits only five per cent of lights can be dimmed with the technology compared to 95 per cent which could be switched off.

It is set to be trialled for three months in Monkspath, in Burnthurst Crescent, Caldeford Avenue, Knowlands Road, Lakeside Drive, Rushford Close and Whitemoor Drive.

The trial would cost £35,820. The council spends about £130m a year.

The council said the plans were “in response to economic pressures such as rising energy prices and environmental concerns about wasted energy and the effects of carbon emissions and light pollution”.

Others authorities such as Buckinghamshire County Council have run into controversy after switching lights off on country roads with a national speed limit.

A SMBC report says any impact on crime and road collisions will be taking into account along with emission cuts, savings and public reaction to the trial.

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1 comment:

  1. Excellent idea on suburban estates where there is little need for lighting in the middle of the night.