As we highlighted a few days ago the Conservative Council at Derbyshire are asking residents for their opinion on how they should save money. Here is the latest:
We’re encouraging residents to have their say about our new street lighting proposals to help cut carbon and save money.
We provide and maintains around 89,000 street lights across Derbyshire.
But proposals have been drawn up to switch off around 40,000 street lights between midnight and 5.30am and permanently switch of around 900 to:
- Save 2,000 tonnes of carbon every year – that’s 10 per cent of the total carbon produced by our street lights and the equivalent of taking 625 cars off the road.
- Save more than £400,000 a year on energy bills. Last year we spent around £5.5 million on lighting and maintaining street lights with £2.7 million being spent on electricity.
- Avoid further charges of up to £220,000 per year to pay for carbon emissions produced by street lights under the Government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Together with an increase in energy prices, this charge is likely to rise in the future.
Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said:
“There are environmental benefits to using less electricity. Cutting carbon means reducing the effects of global warming – and there are financial benefits too.”Derbyshire County Council needs to save £90m over the next four years and with energy prices set to rise again by up to 18 per cent this month we need to look at ways of doing things differently.
“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.”
Lights would not be turned off in the following locations:
some main traffic routes
in town centres
locations with a significant night-time traffic accident record between midnight and 5.30am
areas identified by the Police as having an above average record of crime
areas provided with CCTV, local authority, or Police surveillance equipment
areas with sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people
areas with a 24 hour operational emergency services site including hospitals and nursing homes
formal pedestrian crossings, subways and enclosed footpaths and alleyways where one end links to a road that is lit all night
where road safety measures are on place in the highway, such as roundabouts, central carriageway islands, chicanes, speed-humps etc.
Anyone who wishes to comment can do so online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/partnightlighting (opens in a new window) or by completing a questionnaire available from libraries and district and borough council offices.
The closing date for comments is 6 December 2011.
An ideal opportunity to make your views known as always if you don’t comment you can’t complain!