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Time to decide on street light switch-off plan

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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ASHBOURNE Town Council wants to hear what News Telegraph readers think of the proposed changes to the town’s street lighting before it prepares a formal response to an on-going consultation.

Ashbourne has been included in the first round of proposed changes to the way Derbyshire County Council funds street lighting in a bid to save around £400,000 from its electricity bill.

Of the county’s 89,000 street lights around 40,000 are in line to be turned off between midnight and 5.30pm and around 900 will be turned off permanently.

In Ashbourne only one street light, in a quiet side road near to the former St Oswald’s Hospital, off Belle Vue road, is due to be permanently shut off but several clusters of lights in residential areas will be turned off overnight.

Main roads running through the town such as St John Street, Compton, Church Street, Derby Road and Mayfield Road will not be subject to any changes.

Most of the town’s stretch of the A517, Belper Road, will remain covered all through the night, as will Station Street and Clifton Road.

The Firs Estate is one of the only clusters of housing not to be included in the overnight switch off, with housing estates such as the Highfield Road estate, the Park Road estate, Premier Avenue, the Green Road estate and the trees estate all in line to see some of their lights blacked out overnight.

When the proposal was first mooted in 2011 most people questioned were in favour of the switch off, and the county council promised lights would not go off on main traffic routes, in town centres or at accident blackspots or crime hotspots.

Responses to Ashbourne’s proposed street light changes need to be made before Sunday, February 16 and comments can be made on our website or directly to the town council by calling 01335 342291. To see the map, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533190.

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