Somerset street lamp switch off 'could save council £130,000'

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Street lamps are to be switched off or dimmed at night in parts of Somerset to save money and reduce light pollution.

It is part of a three-year trial where lights in 14 parishes will be turned off between midnight and 05:30 BST.

At present the county council runs 45,000 lights but hopes to save over £130,000 during the switch-off trial.

Harvey Siggs, from the authority, said they would monitor the trials carefully but "the initial signs look very promising".

Street lights in Brushford; Brompton Regis; Chard without (Tatworth and Forton); Churchstanton; Dulverton; Exford; Exton; Keinton Mandeville; Leigh on Mendip; Monksilver; South Petherton and Winsford have already been switched off as part of the scheme.

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