More details about big switch-off

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A TIMETABLE for introducing plans to turn off some of the county’s street lights between midnight and 5.30am has been drawn-up by Derbyshire County Council.

By the end of May next year, communities in 68 areas will have some lights switched off for a few hours each night in the first phase of plans to help cut carbon and save taxpayers’ money.

And plans for the first seven areas will be able to view for comment next month.

Cllr Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We need to take action to cut carbon and help reduce the effects of global warming.

“We also need to save £90m over the next four years and with rising energy prices we need to look at ways of doing things differently.

“We won’t switch off all street lights but as most people are in bed between midnight and 5.30am we believe some lighting isn’t needed.” For more on this story, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.