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Street Light Switch Off in Easingwold and Stokesley Put to Public

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12:52pm 5th August 2013

A public consultation on the introduction of a street lighting energy reduction programme in the Hambleton district is being launched by North Yorkshire County Council, in partnership with Hambleton District Council.

The proposal is part of a four-year county-wide programme aimed at reducing North Yorkshire's annual £1.7million street lighting energy bill by approximately £400,000. It will cut carbon emissions by 3,200 tonnes. To date, the county council has successfully implemented the energy reduction programme in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Scarborough.

The energy reduction initiative could ultimately see up to 60% of the county council's street lights switched off between midnight and 5am, when road use is at a minimum. The council has stressed that no lights will be affected in areas where road safety, crime or anti-social behaviour is an issue. The decision to implement a similar scheme was made by Hambleton District Council in March with the aim of reducing the authority's energy costs by £25,000.

Both councils recognise that there may be concerns about switching street lights off during the early hours and are committed to full public engagement before any changes are made. An information leaflet explaining the proposals will be sent to all Hambleton residents, after which they will be offered the opportunity to respond as part of the wider consultation process.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, executive member for highways and planning services, has pledged that the consultation process will be central to the delivery of any street lighting energy savings.

"This is an excellent scheme which will benefit the council taxpayer through reductions in electricity costs and carbon tax," he said. "It has cross-party support on the county council and all councillors, emergency services and members of the public are being consulted."

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