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Solihull Council's bright idea for street lights

STREET lamps in certain areas could be dimmed or turned off altogether as Solihull Council hopes to shave £80,000 from its lighting bill.

STREET lamps in certain areas could be dimmed or turned off altogether as Solihull Council hopes to shave £80,000 from its lighting bill.

The local authority will be trialling technology that allows them to switch off lights permanently or for part of the night.

The controls can also be used to dim the lamps during the early hours of the morning.

Last Thursday, Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, approved a three-month pilot on the Monkspath estate.

The council will consider the dimming and switch-off options in Burnthurst Crescent, Caldeford Avenue, Knowlands Road, Lakeside Drive, Rushford Close and Whitemoor Drive.

Results will be reported back to councillors who will decide whether or not to roll out the plans to other parts of the borough.

Coun Richards said: “It’s vital that we take the public with us on this and that they’re fully aware of what our proposals are.

“We need to look to save costs and reduce our carbon footprint so I think as an authority we have a responsibility to investigate these things.”

Labour leader, Coun David Jamieson, said: “I support the principle, but we must have assurances this won’t compromise road safety or personal safety.

“People no longer work from 9-5, a lot do shift work and return home in the early hours, so we need to make sure they’re not put at risk.”

Coun Ken Rushen (Lib Dem, Lyndon) urged for lighting to be kept on in “darkened alleys and cut-throughs”.

n What do you think? Is this a bright idea or dim-thinking? Write to 150, High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX

 

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