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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Street lights in Broadland will start being partly switched off overnight from next month, council bosses have revealed.
Norfolk County Council is turning off lights between midnight and 5am, or from 1am to 6am in the summer, as part of a scheme to cut energy costs by £167,000 and reduce carbon emissions.
The county-wide programme has seen 12,600 street lights changed so far, including the whole of Norwich, Cringleford, Costessey and Wymondham.
But about 8,400 street lights have yet to be altered, although consultation is drawing to a close on planned changes in Broadland.
The council has consulted with Norfolk police for advice on where lights should stay on all night, with reasons for exemption including streets with CCTV cameras, traffic calming measures, roads with high traffic flow and those where police say crime could be increased as a result of lights going off,
As reported, more than 7,600 letters were sent to people in Broadland in the summer informing them of the changes and giving them the chance to make their own case for their streets to be excluded from the switch off.
Council bosses said, based on those responses, they would consider whether any should remain on, but the first lights are due to go out next month.
Work on lights in Great Yarmouth is due to start in February next year, with changes in other parts of South Norfolk scheduled for the following month.
Lights in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland and main towns in North Norfolk have been changed, with work in some smaller villages still outstanding.
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