Lights to go off at midnight in east Dorset
STREET lights in Corfe Mullen, West Moors, Ferndown and West Parley will be switched off at midnight in early December.
Dorset County Council says it is to reduce energy costs but that Lights will only be turned off where there are no significant concerns over road safety and crime.
A total of 1,100 street lights will still remain lit across the four areas.
SSE Contracting, the county council's street lighting partner, will begin converting almost 4,100 lights in the four areas to switch off overnight between midnight and 5.30am GMT (1am and 6.30am BST). The lights will only switch back on again in the morning if it is still dark. Lights will remain lit on main roads, within the town centres and on roads with speed humps.
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It will take around four weeks to complete the changes, which involve adding a special light sensor to the lamps in nearly all of the residential roads.
Part-night lighting has already been introduced to residential streets in Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Christchurch, Blandford, Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Gillingham. While many residents supported the scheme, some feared crime would rise but DCC say there is no evidence that this has happened.
The part-night street lighting programme is part of the county council's plans to make significant budget reductions and will be extended to all remaining towns and villages across the county over the next year. Town and parish councils are asked for their views on which streets should remain lit all night.
Roads in the towns that have yet to have their lights replaced as part of the county council's ongoing county-wide replacement programme with SSE Contracting will be converted to part-night lighting when they are replaced.
A set of answers to frequently asked questions about the part-night lighting scheme is available at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/partnightlighting