Have your say on plans to reduce street lighting in Lewes

PLANS are in the pipeline to save money by reducing the hours when Lewes has street lighting.

It’s part of a county-wide scheme and the next in a series of events seeking local opinion is taking place in the town next week.

East Sussex County Council is turning off some street lights, reducing the number of lights working in some residential streets and dimming lights on main roads across the county. These changes will only affect street lighting between midnight and the early hours.

The council will also be replacing some existing lights with lower wattage, more energy efficient lights.

It is keen for the public to comment on the changes so is holding events across the county where people will be able to see detailed maps of their area.

The council will also publish the plans on its website. If you have concerns about a specific street, the council would like you to tell it what they are.

Comments will be considered, together with other information the council has about the area, before any final decisions are made.

The next event is in Lewes on Saturday, September 1. If you live, visit or work in the town, go along to see a map of your street on display at the Lecture Room at Lewes Town Hall, between 9am and 12pm.

You can also view the information and comment online at www.eastsussex.gov

The council is doing this because it needs to save money on its electricity bill. The extent of the savings it has to make over the next few years has been widely publicised, and it continues to look for ways of saving money as painlessly as possible.

Street lighting reduction will also help reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.

Each town or village will have different needs, so the council will design a plan for each area that is tailored to its needs. It will roll out these changes on a town by town basis.

Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The pilot schemes in other areas seem 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, look at the proposals and talk through your concerns or issues with our staff.”