STREET LIGHTS are being turned off later in Warwick District over the weekend after residents raised fears over their safety.
In December Warwickshire County Council started trialling turning off street lights overnight in the Warwick district before they turn them off in Stratford district in April as part of the cuts.
However, residents have complained that turning the lights off at midnight was too early over the weekend.
As of today (4th January), on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights will now be off between 1am and 6.30am, and throughout the rest of the week, from midnight to 5.30am.
Cllr Peter Butlin (Cons, Admirals), the county council’s portfolio holder for highways and transport, said: “We have listened to the public’s concerns and monitored social media reaction to the switch off.
“This change in timings will enable us to still make the necessary savings while addressing what some people are saying about the lights going off at midnight.”
However, there remain concerns that switching the county’s street lights off overnight to save the council £500,000 a year is dangerous.
A week after they were turned off in the Warwick district, a University of Warwick student was killed after a late-night collision with a taxi.
Dil Ramzan, the owner of the taxi firm whose driver was involved in the crash, said driving at night is now a lot more dangerous.
He called the switch off “completely irresponsible” and said: “Someone with a bright future has died within the first week of the council turning the lights off. Surely that says something?”
Turning off street lights at night is due to be rolled out to the rest of the county in April and times are due to change in the summer months.
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