Wiltshire

Wiltshire street lights to be switched off at night to save money

A street light
Image caption Street lights in Salisbury, Melksham, Westbury, Wilton and Laverstock will be turned off between midnight and 5:30 BST from Wednesday night

About 20,000 street lights across Wiltshire are to be switched off at night to save money.

Lights in Salisbury, Melksham, Westbury, Wilton and Laverstock will be turned off between midnight and 05:30 BST from Wednesday night.

Wiltshire Council said the scheme would save the authority about £300,000 a year in energy bills and cut its carbon footprint.

Street lights are also due to be turned off in other towns later in the year.

The council said it has "no statutory requirement" to provide lighting but lights would remain on at junctions and pedestrian crossings and areas with high levels of crime.

The scheme, which also includes dimming street lights at less busy times, will be reviewed after six months.

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