It’s lights off for the High Peak

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More High Peak parishes are likely to be left in the dark after councillors have earmarked another swathe of villages for its ‘part night’ lighting scheme.

Aston, Brough and Shatton, Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside, Derwent, Thornhill and Wormhill were among the parishes approved by Derbyshire County Council for the latest phase of the scheme.

Last year 59 towns and parishes were introduced to the project, where street lights are turned off between midnight and 5.30am, despite fears about it causing more crime and anti-social behaviour.

The next phase of parishes to be affected by the scheme include Hayfield and Flagg, which will see part night lighting from May this year.

Kevin Greenhalgh, clerk to Flagg Parish Council, commented: “We appreciate they have got to make savings, but at the some time should there be any vandalism we have asked them to review it.”

The report to the council’s highways and transport committee said an assessment over seven locations which already had part night lighting had seen ‘very little change’ in crime or trouble.

It added: “In some areas, crime and anti-social behaviour calls have fallen and, in others that have experience an increase, the actual change has generally been very small and unlikely to be linked to the Part Night Lighting schemes.

“There does not appear to be any concrete evidence to suggest that the lighting schemes should not continue.”

Should the council implement its part night lighting scheme in the most recent list of parishes, it would come into affect by April 2014.