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Derbyshire to turn off 40,000 street lights at night

  • 31 January 2012
  • From the section Derby

About 40,000 rural street lights in Derbyshire are to be switched off after midnight to help cut carbon emissions.

The county council move is part of a scheme to save about £400,000 a year in energy bills.

The Conservative-led council said 69% of those surveyed supported the scheme, but a Labour spokesman said opposition was still high.

The authority said lights would not be turned off in town centres.

A total of 842 people responded to the survey on plans to turn off almost half of the county's rural street lights between midnight and 05:00.

'Main offenders'

But Labour spokesman Helen Clark, from Erewash, said: "It is a toxic cocktail - cutting street lights at the same time as cuts to frontline policing - it makes people feel unsafe."

In November a candlelight vigil was held in Borrowash to oppose the cuts.

Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We're committed to cutting our carbon emissions by 25% by 2014/15 and street lighting is one of the main offenders."

The council will carry out local risk assessments before the change is made.

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