People in Lincolnshire have just two more weeks to lodge their views on the controversial decision to switch off 42,000 of the county’s street lights.
Lincolnshire County Council wants to hear the views and experiences of residents as part of a formal review.
The move was rolled out across the county to save £1.7 million a year from the £5 million street lighting budget.
This means they are switched off between midnight (and as early as 10pm in some areas) until dawn.
So far, more than 3,500 people have taken part.
The council has already made it clear it will not u-turn on the scheme completely. Council Leader Martin Hill previously told The Lincolnite: “They’ll be no chance that all those street lights we’ve switched off will come back on again.”
The council’s review of the street lighting policy includes:
- The environment
- Road collisions
- Crime rates
- Safety and crime
- Emergency services
- Health and public health services
- Businesses and the night time economy
John Monk, group manager – design services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Part-night lighting has been in place for some months now, and we’ve seen no firm evidence to suggest that the changes have had a negative impact on people’s safety.
“To be representative, we would like to hear from people whether they feel they have been impacted by the change or not.
“All feedback received will be taken into consideration when the panel decides its recommendations for the executive.
“However, while this may include amendments to the policy, the available budget would not allow for a wholesale reversal of the changes.”