light dimming plan for A38 in West Huntspill sparks safety fears
fears have been raised this week after Somerset County Council
announced that street lights along the A38 through West Huntspill
could soon be dimmed overnight to save costs.
council hopes to save £123,000 in energy costs and £8,300
in carbon tax payments over three years by switching off and dimming
street lights on selected roads across Somerset.
A38 Main Road through West Huntspill has been deemed unsuitable
for part-night lighting but proposed for dimming where lights
will be lowered to half their usual brightness.
county council's Harvey Siggs said: "There will be consultation
everywhere it is proposed to turn off street lamps, and I'm sure
people will welcome the choice of how their streets are lit, and
the opportunity to contribute to cash savings and darker skies."
district councillor Joe Leach, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The county council should not be compromising safety along
this busy stretch of the A38. Dimming the street lights could
potentially make the road more dangerous for motorists, pedestrians
added: "I am always pleased to see savings being made, but
other areas should be tackled first by the County Council, especially
management pay at County Hall."
safety, no A or B class roads will have lamps switched off during
the darkest hours although eight stretches, including the A38
through West Huntspill, have been selected for dimming.