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Street lighting turned off in certain residential areas in Hampshire

Picture credited to Molly Gardner

There are concerns throughout Hampshire, after new rules were introduced to turn off some street lights in the early hours of the morning.

The Hampshire County Council scheme has been in place between 1am and 4am each day since the start of the month.

Part-lighting is only being used in residential areas - and not on main roads, pedestrian crossings, subways and town centres.

It has been praised by people on social media, who say they're now able to sleep better because the light's not shining into their homes.

However, these residents have told us no lighting could be a safety issue:

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: 

“From 1 April, Hampshire County Council owned street lights in residential areas will be turned off for three hours between 1am and 4am. Street lights in these areas will continue to be dimmed by 65% from 11:30pm until 1am, and then from 4am to 5:30am. The electricity saved will reduce CO2 output from street lights in Hampshire by 720 tonnes each year, and, as demands on council services and budgets increase, save approximately £230,000 annually.

“The introduction of part night lighting follows a public consultation in 2018 to which over two thirds of the 5,444 residents and 141 organisations who responded supported a three – four hour period during which street lights would be turned off in residential areas. Evidence from other local authorities and academic research was considered as part of the decision to introduce this change, and this showed no impact on incidences of crime or traffic accidents.

“Part night lighting is in operation in residential areas only, excluding those with road humps or roads with lighting adjacent to pedestrian crossings. Therefore, this does not include A, B and C class roads, or routes with similar traffic numbers, or those where serious accidents have been recorded at night-time. It does not include principle routes to railway stations, side roads adjacent to signalised junctions with pedestrian crossings, subways, subway approaches, illuminated traffic signs, belisha beacons or town centres.

“Also, it does not apply to some street lights owned by parish councils, district councils, housing associations, Highways England or the Ministry of Defence.”

You can find out more about the scheme here. 

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