Street lights to be turned off in Uckfield to save cash

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THE LIGHTS are going out all over Uckfield. Early next year the County Council plans to turn off some street lights after midnight, reduce the number of lights in some streets and dim others between midnight and the early hours of the morning.

They say they need to save money by reducing their electricity bill. The current street lighting electricity bill is close to £1.5 million.

Lead cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, Carl Maynard, said: “Making changes to street lighting will help us achieve these savings, but also help us reduce our carbon emissions and protect the environment.”

There will be a public meeting about the plans at Uckfield Civic Centre between 10am-1pm on Saturday, October 1 when detailed plans will be on display and any comments people have will be taken into account before any final decisions are made.

Earlier this year a similar pilot scheme was carried out in Heathfield. This included a combination of options including switching off most lighting in residential streets between midnight and 5.30am and dimming lights on main traffic routes.

Cllr Maynard said: “The Heathfield scheme seems to have been well-received by residents and businesses in the area and the local police say there has been no increase in incidents reported to them. But we know each town or village will have different needs, so it is really important you come along to the Civic Centre, look at the proposals and talk through your comments with our staff.”

Information is available on the council’s website (www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay) and hard copies at Uckfield Library and the town council offices.