Why are you switching the lights off?

There are a number of reasons why it is important that street lights in residential areas are switched off for part of the night:

  • the County Council pays approximately £2 million for street lighting energy each year, therefore any savings that are made can be invested in other essential services
  • the County Council has carbon emissions reduction targets to meet and less street lighting will help to achieve these targets and avoid financial penalties
  • vehicle and pedestrian movements are greatly reduced late at night and almost nil during the hours that the lighting will be switched off, so it is reasonable to switch lights off when they are not needed
  • street lighting is a factor in night-time light pollution and any measures we take to alleviate this situation will be beneficial to the night-time environment and the many amateur astronomers in the county.