Streetlights switch-off plan sparks protest

PUBLISHED: 13:35 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

A VILLAGE which could be plunged into darkness each night is fighting against the money-saving plans, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan. Hertfordshire County Council wants to switch off the streetlights in Codicote in a bid to save cash and energy. But district co

A VILLAGE which could be plunged into darkness each night is fighting against the money-saving plans, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan.

Hertfordshire County Council wants to switch off the streetlights in Codicote in a bid to save cash and energy.

But district councillor Tom Brindley said the plans would not go ahead if he had anything to do with it.

"I can guarantee the people of Codicote are not for this," he said.

Mr Brindley said he was shocked when he first read of the county council's plans in the WHT in October.

He added that the parish council, neighbourhood watch and panel were against the idea, due to safety concerns.

The county council wants five villages to take part in a six-month switch-off experiment which would see no lighting from midnight to 6am.

Experts estimate that a typical village six-hour switch-off could save £1,900 a year, after an initial outlay of £12,000 - to pay for timers to be fitted to every light - to set the scheme up.

County councillor Stuart Pile said: "While the idea of switching off streetlights is likely to be controversial, the huge amounts of energy involved, not to mention the cost to the taxpayer, make it incumbent upon us to try to find a way of making reductions if we can.

"At this stage we are just sounding out local councils to see whether they would be in favour of the idea and willing to put it to the test for a trial period."

The experiment is unlikely to go ahead without agreement with parish councils.

kelly-ann.kiernan@whtimes.co.uk

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