May 19, 2011
Street lights to be switched off in Burnham-On-Sea to save costs
street lights in the Burnham-On-Sea area will soon be switched
off between midnight and 5.30am as part of a money-saving project
by Somerset County Council.
council has been awarded £500,000 in funding from the South
West Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership to switch
off or dim lights in selected locations across the county.
will be reduced from midnight until 5.30am when there is less
traffic on the roads with the aim of reducing Somersets
carbon footprint and saving costs.
To properly gauge the real results of the scheme as well as accommodate
requests by the participating parishes, the Council is not identifying
the exact locations where the lamps will be switched off or dimmed
- but Burnham is to be among the areas trialled.
Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economic
Development at Somerset County Council, said: "We are eager
to reduce the impact street lighting has on the environment as
well bring our energy costs down."
project aims to convert approximately 20% of our lights to part-night
operation, but we are being very careful that the lighting of
areas around major traffic routes, key pedestrian crossings, road
hazards, vulnerable peoples residences, hospitals, and crime
hot spots are not affected."
"In addition, light pollution in Somerset has increased significantly
over the past decade. Cutting night-time lighting will reduce
these levels giving our residents a better nights sleep."
The effects of part-night lighting will be monitored over two
years at six-month intervals.
council adds that full-time lighting may be re-installed if police
report an increase in crime, anti-social behaviour, or traffic
accidents as a result of the changes.
Areas that will not be affected by part-night lighting include
most traffic routes (although some lights may be dimmed), locations
with a significant late night road traffic accident record, areas
with above average record of crime, areas provided with CCTV and
local authority/police surveillance equipment, areas with sheltered
housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people,
areas with 24hr operational emergency services sites including
hospitals, formal pedestrian crossings, subways and enclosed footpaths
and alleyways where one end links to a street that is lit all
night, and where there are potential hazards on the highway, such
as roundabouts, central carriageway islands, chicanes, speed-humps.