What to do if you’re worried about the lights going out

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

PEOPLE in Downend with concerns about street lights being turned off between midnight and 5am are being advised to contact South Gloucestershire Council.

Officers will review issues raised and decide whether the street meets the criteria for the switch-off and whether the council has applied its policy correctly.

The part night-lighting scheme came into effect in most of Downend in the summer. It is already in place in most of South Gloucestershire and aims to reduce the district’s carbon emissions by 2,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to the annual emissions of about 900 cars.

It is also expected to reduce the council’s street lighting energy costs by a fifth.

Barrie Lees, of Sutherland Avenue, raised his fears over safety at Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council’s September meeting.

He said the road had a nasty bend and parked cars that might not be seen in the dark. “I think it is a health and safety issue,” he said.

Parish councillors told him they and South Gloucestershire Council had carried out consultations before the lights went off.

Councillor Elizabeth Shepherd said some changes had bren made since the consultation meaning some lights had gone off that were not anticipated but these changes appeared justified..

She said anyone who wanted to discuss concerns further should contact Simon Spedding at South Gloucestershire, email simon.spedding@southglos.gov.uk

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