Street light decision is due

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COUNCILLORS at Derbyshire County Council will consider proposals to turn off some street lights for a few hours each night at a meeting on Tuesday.

Almost 850 people responded to a public consultation about plans to turn off around 40,000 street lights between midnight and 5.30am and 69 per cent of people were in favour.

Sixty-four per cent were also in favour of permanently switching off around 900 of the county’s 89,000 street lights in rural and non-residential areas.

Cllr Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We need to take action and help reduce the effects of global warming. We won’t switch off all street lights but as most people are in bed between midnight and 5.30am you could argue that some lighting isn’t needed.”