Streets in dark will cut elec­tric­ity cost

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Paul Fran­cis

Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor cil is weigh­ing up the idea, but em­pha­sised any pro­posal would only go ahead once po­lice, emer­gency ser­vices and res­i­dents were con­sulted.

He said it was clear there were many roads where it was not nec­es­sary to keep lights on through­out the night. In some ar­eas, lights could be turned off for sev­eral hours whereas in oth­ers, it could mean turn­ing them off half-an-hour ear­lier.

“There is an is­sue about whether it makes sense to light up some roads be­tween mid­night and 6am. We are looking at turn­ing off lights ear­lier in the morn­ing when there is very lit­tle traf­fic around and us­ing your head­lights would be quite ad­e­quate. We are go­ing to look very closely at the times they are turned on and off,” he said.

With about 120,000 street­lights across the county, turn­ing each one off 15 min­utes ear­lier would pro­duce sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings.

Along­side the in­tro­duc­tion of a low-en­ergy LED bulbs in street- lights, po­ten­tial sav­ings could run into mil­lions.

KCC’s change of heart over the idea has been prompted partly by the suc­cess of a trial in Es­sex.

Op­po­si­tion Labour spokesman Cllr Roger Tru­elove sounded a note of cau­tion. “We would need to be ab­so­lutely sure there was no risk to pub­lic safety and it could prove rather danger­ous.”

Road safety group RosPA said that it did not op­pose the idea but said coun­cils should con­sider how to im­ple­ment any scheme.

KCC’s en­ergy costs have soared in re­cent years in line with an in­dus­try-wide hike in prices. This year, it ex­pects to pay £4million for elec­tric­ity for its bills.

Cllr Roger Tru­elove: It could prove rather danger­ous

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