Hampshire County Council dims street lights to save energy

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A COUNCIL has defended its decision to dim street lights amid claims it leaves areas ‘plunged into darkness.’

Hampshire County Council said dimming the lights is an integral part of its energy reduction strategy.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member environment, said: ‘The vast majority of lights in Havant, Fareham and Gosport are dimmed each night by 50 per cent between midnight and 5am and by 25 per cent at all other times.

‘This has been the case since 2012. Dimming of lights is an integral part of the council’s energy reduction strategy.’

For Portsmouth City Council, dimming lights is something they could consider.

Simon Moon, head of service for environment, said: ‘Dimming street lights can save energy and money. But it has to be done responsibly.

‘It is not something we do at the moment. We have done a small trial dimming lights which indicated it would save money without having a negative effect on people using the area, so we may look to explore this further in the future.’

But shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn criticised the move saying street lights ensure people feel safe. She added areas of Britain had been plunged into darkness.