As part of RCT’s massive cuts to public services, cabinet members agreed to switch off all street lights in non-residential areas between midnight and 5am, while half would be turned off in residential areas during the same time period.
Local councillors have been asked to help identify ‘areas of concern’ before street lights are turned off across the county borough at night.
There are 28,500 street lights across RCT and the savings could deliver a £300,000 saving per year when it is implemented. Almost as much as sacking two or three senior staff might save.
The council still needs to save £30 million in 2014-15 though, so once again, this proposal hardly scratches the surface.
Not sure why every other light couldn’t have been turned off a few years ago but I guess the council needed a few meetings before they could do that.