STREETLIGHTS are switching off five hours early – leaving some of Welwyn Hatfield in darkness from 7pm.

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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.”

Have you been affected by the lights switching off early? Contact the newsdesk via news@whtimes.co.uk

10 comments

  • one word........... JOKE!!!!!

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    gjpandtp96

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Interesting that they appeared to be back on at 6am this morning though..... Surely, that has to be the case, if they are going out and repairing calibrating the timers then why not leave every third on? At least that would provide enough dim lightning for those that work during the hours of darkness and use the streets ( that we all pay council tax for) to get to and from work in safety?

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    Herslad

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • Problems with the pending clock changes? Who designed this system - Apple? How can a system that changes plus or minus one hour twice a year suddenly go out by five hours?

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    jonmorris

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Surely if Hertfordshire County Council are trying to save money it would be a better idea to turn the lights off at all the council buildings not the street lights

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    Daisy-mae

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • If HCC has to go out and fix all of the lights, I hope it won't dig into the money it has been saving by keeping them off from around midnight. If they do need to adjust them, can they not consider having every second (or every third) light on to get rid of this unofficial curfew placed upon everyone in Hertfordshire?

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    jonmorris

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • The Herford Road (A1000) from Hatfield towards Chequers had all the street lights on at 11am today. Yes, 11am and in bright sunlight! What is going on?

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    jonmorris

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • The headline "Welwyn Hatfield streetlights off at 7pm" misleads you into thinking thats the new policy. Then you read the article and realise WHT have no idea how many lights are effected.

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    IFM

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Did it snow in the Swallows last night?

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    TJS101

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • Yes - total darkness in the Beehive area too! It's bad enough that the closes in the area are pitch black during the night but from 7pm is ridiculous surely. A problem with the timing units seem a little strange being that the BST change is only an hour - or could it be a test to see how many people actually complain ???

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    Herslad

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  • al7 3hr lights out 7 sun mon.tues?

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    cliff

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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