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.
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.