FRESH DETAILS have emerged about Leeds City Council’s money-saving plan to turn off thousands of street lights at night-time.
The Yorkshire Evening Post told in June how the council was proposing the switch-off of 8,000 of the city’s lights between midnight and 5.30am.
Now an internal council report has set out the timescale for the implementation of the measure, which is designed to save the local authority just over £1m over the next 10 years.
The report says that, under current plans, a total of 3,250 lights will switch to part-night operation on a phased basis from October this year through to September 2014. A further 4,750 lights will be moved to part-night operation in a rolling programme from March 2014 to September 2016.
The report also gives a breakdown of the cost of implementing the new system.
Around £290,000 will be spent on work on the street lighting itself while £64,000 will go on warning signs.
An additional £10,000 or so will be spent on road marking improvements. The number of street lights due for night-time switch-offs only account for 8.7 per cent of the total across Leeds.
News of the plan was still greeted with concern, however, by the Meanwood-based Community Action and Support Against Crime (Casac) charity earlier this summer.
A council report published in June recommended that the switch to part-time operations be avoided in areas with above average crime records or high traffic accident levels.
Speaking in the same month, Coun Richard Lewis, the local authority’s executive member for development and the economy, said: “Careful consideration has been given to the proposals and we’ve taken on board the feedback of residents to provide extra reassurance.”