Suffolk street lights turned off to reduce energy bills

Street light in Ipswich Street lights can be turned off, dimmed or left on at night

Related Stories

A scheme to turn off street lights at night is on course to save £550,000, Suffolk County Council has said.

The council is turning off or dimming many of its 55,000 lights and claims it has not had an effect on crime rates.

When the scheme is rolled out in full, the council said it would make the savings.

Councillor Guy McGregor said that since a similar scheme was began in Essex evidence suggested a "reduction of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour".

After testing the new £1m "intelligent" lighting system in Needham Market and Brandon, the council plans to introduce it in stages in larger places, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, this week.

Main roads will remain lit up, but residential streets will see changes between midnight and 05:00 BST.

'Flexible system'

Mr McGregor, who is responsible for the street lights policy, said: "People think it's a good idea to save money and reduce the carbon impact.

"The [estimated] savings were based on the old prices, but the savings will be even greater with the new hike in prices by the energy companies."

The council said the system is flexible and they can turn lights back on at night if there is a need.

Daphne Savage, chief executive of Age UK in Suffolk, said: "Among older people there is this disproportionate fear of crime compared with the actual levels of crime."

"If things are happening that cause you worry, then talk to your councillors and make sure they know."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Suffolk

Weather

Ipswich

Min. Night 10 °C

Features

  • How ebola spread graphicPatient zero

    How one boy’s death triggered Ebola outbreak


  • Passport control at airportNews quiz

    How much do you know about migration?


  • Phillip Hughes playing cricket for Australia in September 2014Brain trauma

    How is the brain injured and protected from injury?


  • Passengers pushing planeHeave!

    How many people does it take to push a plane?


  • Complainant'Like being in hell'

    The story of one victim of paedophile care home boss


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.