Part-night street lighting
The county council has ended the temporary measure of switching off part-night street lighting an hour earlier at 11pm. The temporary scheme began when the Government introduced measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 by closing hospitality and leisure facilities, as well as community-based events, greatly reducing night-time activity.
The council has reverted to the previous arrangements of switching off all part-night lighting at 12 midnight. The initiative is estimated to have saved 18,300 kWh of energy and 4.7 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Councillor Trevor Pendleton, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "In light of some of the lockdown restrictions being eased by the Government, we've now reviewed the position on our part-night lighting. We have worked closely with the police throughout the part-night lighting project and when specific issues are raised in an area we do review our approach."
Between 2012/13 and 2019/20, annual carbon emissions from street lighting fell from 14,572 tonnes to 2,536 tonnes. For more details on street lighting, click here