Dim view of £1m street light plans

The county council plans to change all bulbs and dim lights.
The county council plans to change all bulbs and dim lights.
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FEARS over crime and safety were today raised after it was revealed street lights across the Fylde coast will be dimmed.

Lancashire County Council is turning down lights on every street in Fylde and Wyre as part of a cost and energy saving plan.

But the news that lights will be dimmed between 10pm and 6.30am has led to fears crime will increase.

Wyre councillor Terry Rogers, who runs Fleetwood Neighbourhood Watch group, said: “How would CCTV pick anything up, because there are some places where they are not infra-red?

“I know the council is trying to save money, but this should not come at the cost of stealing lead and smashing windows when criminals can’t be seen.”

Coun Rogers also raised concerns people could be injured by tripping when either walking home after nights out or going to work early in the morning.

The decision to dim lights throughout Fylde and Wyre is part of a five-year plan to save £1m.

Energy efficient LED lamps will replace traditional sodium lights which provide the same level of lighting while using 30 per cent of the power.

Coun Cheryl Little, from Fylde Community Safety Partnership, added: “It might be the council can do this in the countryside and away from residential areas and try to save money there. As a community safety partnership we will be monitoring the situation and if crime goes up as a result we will be taking appropriate action.”

Ray Worthington, head of asset management and procurement at Lancashire County Council, said: “The light from LED lamps doesn’t spill as far from the lamp as traditional lights and this has been welcomed by many residents who often complained at light pollution into their homes caused by sodium lamps.

“We are also fitting new controls to street lights which allows them to be dimmed, and where these controls have been installed we are already saving money and energy by turning them down between 10pm and 6.30am.”

The council will also replace illuminated signs and bollards with reflective versions which do not require power.