By Simon Wesson
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
STREETLIGHTS are switching off five hours early – leaving some of Welwyn Hatfield in darkness from 7pm.
The controversial part-night streetlight scheme, derived by Hertfordshire County Council to cut costs and save energy, is meant to see the lights go off from midnight until 6am.
However Hertfordshire Highways has received reports that some were off by 7pm last night (Monday) and it is believed there will be similar problems tonight.
A council spokeswoman said: “There is little information available as to the cause of this problem. However, the working theory is that there is a fault in the part-night operating unit and that it is possible this fault is linked to the change to British Summer Time next weekend.
“Our engineers are working closely with the manufacturers to establish if this, or indeed another issue, is the cause of the problem. They are currently on site checking units that were identified as faulty by last night’s scouting inspections and they - with the manufacturer - will be on site this evening to establish the specific course of events.
“It is possible that there may be similar issues tonight. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we will update residents as more information becomes available.”
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