Councillors agree to step into the darkness

COUNCILLORS have backed plans to turn off street lights during part of the night in a bid to cut costs and save energy.

On Tuesday the Gazette reported that a proposal was being put forward to a meeting of the executive committee of North Yorkshire County Council which was backed by its members.

The meeting heard the plan will save the authority £400,000 on energy costs and cut nearly two thousand tonnes of carbon emissions over four years.

It has been agreed that 48,000 street lights will be reviewed, those no longer needed will be removed and the rest assessed to determine the appropriateness of switching them off for part of the night.

The council said the technology required is relatively cheap and if lights are switched off between midnight and 5am the savings will pay for the installation costs within 3 years.

The same approach is being considered for car parks, bus stations, industrial estates, cycle routes and footpaths, as well as in residential areas and minor roads.

Before anything is switched off there will be consultations with local parish councils.