Lights out in Kirklees – 2,000 street lights to be switched off from midnight-5am

AROUND 2,000 street lights will be switched off in Huddersfield in the early hours of every morning.

Street lights out on on Lindley Moor Road

AROUND 2,000 street lights will be switched off in Huddersfield in the early hours of every morning.

From this week onwards every ward in Kirklees will see a loss of light between midnight and 5am as part of a trial.

Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Streetscene, said it will cut the energy costs of every light by 40%, saving tens of thousands of pounds a year.

She said the council’s current annual street lighting energy bill was £1.8m and she predicts the figure will rise to around £2.9m by 2015 if nothing is done.

Clr Scott said: “The lights involved have been carefully chosen so that the safety of motorists and pedestrians will not be compromised.”

Streets lights and footpath lights will be included in the part-night trial.

Kirklees began the scheme last night in Dewsbury East and Cleckheaton council wards.

The phased trial is as follows:

February 11: Holme Valley South and Almondbury.

February 18: Newsome and Liversedge & Gomersal.

February 25:Kirkburton and Golcar.

March 4: Dalton, Crosland Moor & Netherton.

March 11: Holme Valley North and Batley West.

March 18: Heckmondwike and Dewsbury South.

March 25: Colne Valley, Birstall & Birkenshaw and Dewsbury West.

April 1: Batley East, Ashbrow and Denby Dale.

April 8: Greenhead, Lindley and Mirfield.

The trial will affect nearly 4% of the 51,000 street lights in Kirklees and will take around 10 weeks to complete the implementation.

The council says busy roads will remain illuminated.

Other roads unaffected include roads with a potential hazard or on roads with traffic-calming schemes.

Roads with above average night time road casualties will remain lit, as will places covered by police or council CCTV equipment.

Places with a high number of vulnerable people, sheltered housing and students are also unaffected.

It’s part of a wider scheme to save costs associated with lighting streets and bollards.

Last year the Cabinet put £995,000 into funding to allow the replacement of around 200 high-costs street lights with energy-efficient models.

All of the schemes will save the council around £90,000 per year.

To see if your road will lose light visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/partnight, click on the online fault reporting page and put your postcode in. If it shows a blue circle your street lights will be switched off as part of the trial.

 
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