Bid to switch street lights off to save cash

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STREET lights in residential areas across Monmouthshire are to be switched off as part of council cost saving measures, with some town and community councillors voicing concern about the plans.

As part of their budget Monmouthshire council agreed to shut off a portion of street lights on residential estates after midnight.

The council is asking town councils across the county which lights to turn off between midnight and 5am.

The authority is not looking to switch off any street lights on main roads or where traffic calming measures are in place, it has said.

Cllr Tony Watkins, of Usk town council told the Argus: "Usk is a town which has a population of relatively elderly people for the lights to be turned off would be a considerable danger to them.

"My real concern is how much the council are going to say this will save them - nine sodium light bulbs are less than 1kw of electricity. How much is this really going to save?

"There are simpler ways to save money without the ramifications of this," he said. "We (the town council) are not at all happy with this.

"If it was a substantial amount of money I think people would be more understanding."

Monmouthshire council needs to slash its street lighting costs by £180,000 and have dimmed around half of their street lights by 50 per cent from 8pm to 6am.

The authority has told Chepstow town council that street lights at St Kingsmark Avenue, Bridge Street, High Street, Bulwark Road, Mathern Road and Thornwell Road will not be affected by the plans.

Cllr Peter Farley, member for St Mary's, said: "In principle I think we should be very careful about turning off street lighting in the town centre."

Roger Hoggins, head of operations at Monmouthshire council, said in a statement given to the Argus: "Public consultation highlighted that in many areas it was considered a sensible approach to turn off street lights between midnight and 5am. Cabinet approved this proposal last February.

"Areas that are considered high risk, such as pedestrian crossings, traffic calming areas and junctions, will not be affected and will remain lit. We have contacted our town and community councils so they can inform us of areas that they consider should remain in lighting. Safety is a priority and we will be flexible in our approach.”

Chepstow town council will meet tonight (Wednesday) to discuss the proposals.

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11:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Blodwen Puw says...

Surely elderly people are tucked up in bed after midnight, unless coming home from the King's Head!
Surely elderly people are tucked up in bed after midnight, unless coming home from the King's Head! Blodwen Puw
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1:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sometimes says...

Try changing the lamps to LEDs, this will save energy, money and allow the lights to be left on. Or you could go the way of Torfaen, switch off lights, put timers on some and basically mess the whole street lighting system up, where you walk from light to shadow when walking down major roads. Torfaen Council has never been the brightest bulb in the box though!
Try changing the lamps to LEDs, this will save energy, money and allow the lights to be left on. Or you could go the way of Torfaen, switch off lights, put timers on some and basically mess the whole street lighting system up, where you walk from light to shadow when walking down major roads. Torfaen Council has never been the brightest bulb in the box though! Sometimes
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7:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Llanmartingargoyle says...

Why should I have to pay to improve council lighting just to help elderly people or anyone else?
Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor.
Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then.

For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder, they will be able to but a good quality torch.
There now you feel better don’t you?
Just rejoice at that news

Check out the facts of trickle down economics:

http://youtu.be/3U1D
_T-tSTw
Why should I have to pay to improve council lighting just to help elderly people or anyone else? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor. Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then. For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder, they will be able to but a good quality torch. There now you feel better don’t you? Just rejoice at that news Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw Llanmartingargoyle
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7:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Llanmartingargoyle says...

Buy a good quality torch!!
Buy a good quality torch!! Llanmartingargoyle
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Llanmartingargoyle wrote:
Why should I have to pay to improve council lighting just to help elderly people or anyone else? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor. Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then. For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder, they will be able to but a good quality torch. There now you feel better don’t you? Just rejoice at that news Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw
Your post is put on everything to do with cuts just chage a few words very inventive.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartingargoyle[/bold] wrote: Why should I have to pay to improve council lighting just to help elderly people or anyone else? Labour caused all this social responsibility spending in the first place so I blame them for wanting to help the poor. Look its quite simple, everybody stop selling arms to Russia, except for us British, give more money to bankers and the wealthy it will soon trickle down to the poor, they just need to keep on a low wage and zero hours until then. For anybody worried about the cuts, Don’t! Its all going to be all right because under Tory leadership those up the top of the ladder will be handsomely rewarded and in time their wise investing and willingness to help the country will all trickle down to the workingpoor at the bottom of the ladder, they will be able to but a good quality torch. There now you feel better don’t you? Just rejoice at that news Check out the facts of trickle down economics: http://youtu.be/3U1D _T-tSTw[/p][/quote]Your post is put on everything to do with cuts just chage a few words very inventive. Limestonecowboy
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9:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

....this is a typical attitude of our councils.......
in Newport.......when it comes to rubbish......they spent ££££'s on replacing perfectly good wheelie bins in their drive to reduce overall waste rather than targeting those who failed to recycle their waste....
and as to street lighting they've turned off alternate lights from 10pm......all year round....rather than from midnight and say 10 pm between the equinox when the days are naturally longer or shorter......
or by replacing them with more energy efficient options ....

Because as usual if it something they can force us to do even if it costs us money or time and effort...then it's ok.......but if it involves them in doing something....then it's of no benefit.

Time for a change come the next elections.....
....this is a typical attitude of our councils....... in Newport.......when it comes to rubbish......they spent ££££'s on replacing perfectly good wheelie bins in their drive to reduce overall waste rather than targeting those who failed to recycle their waste.... and as to street lighting they've turned off alternate lights from 10pm......all year round....rather than from midnight and say 10 pm between the equinox when the days are naturally longer or shorter...... or by replacing them with more energy efficient options .... Because as usual if it something they can force us to do even if it costs us money or time and effort...then it's ok.......but if it involves them in doing something....then it's of no benefit. Time for a change come the next elections..... Dave on his Soapbox
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