Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Public consultation on Cambridgeshire Street Lighting

One month to go to the closing date (11 December 2015).

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Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for the views of local residents on proposals to save money on street lighting.

Cambridgeshire residents are being urged to have their say to join more than 60 other councils and further dim or turn off some streetlights at certain times to meet tough saving targets.

Cambridgeshire County Council is faced with finding £41 million in savings next year and more than £100 million over the next five years with less money from Government and more demand on services.

The Council is looking to follow the lead of more than 60 councils across the country, which have already turned off or dimmed street lights, which should save around £272,000 from an annual cost of over £1.4m a year.

The savings made would help reduce the impact of cuts on other frontline services, such as caring for the elderly or children as well as repairing roads.

A consultation has already started with parish, town, district and city councils to explain the proposals for their areas. This has also included looking at any concerns they may have as well as local solutions they may wish to propose, including funding for some lights.

Following that consultation some seven councils, including two market towns, have indicated they would look at paying to keep lights on for their communities.

Now residents can have their say by going to the online consultation here where they can complete a survey or ask for a paper copy by contacting the research team at research.performance@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

The full link, if you want to share it, is;

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CambridgeshireStreetlightConsultation/ (or http://goo.gl/6DGHjo)

The closing date for responses is 11 December 2015.

The County Council, which has already been dimming lights in the county since 2011, has proposed to implement further changes to those streetlights which are remotely controlled by a central management system:

  • To increase the current period of streetlight dimming (8pm or 10pm until 6am) to all times;
  • turning off lighting not on main traffic routes between midnight and 6am;
  • The Council is not proposing to turn off lighting on main traffic routes, where CCTV cameras are present, where there are any statutory requirements or where they support the night time economy.

A recent report shows that where this approach of dimming or turning off streetlights has been taken elsewhere, there is no evidence to suggest a link with increases in crime or detrimental impact on safety.