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Last Updated: Friday, 14 September 2007, 07:03 GMT 08:03 UK
Lights switched off to save power
Street light
Switching off in Cam is expected to save 4,650 per year
Street lights in a Gloucestershire village are being switched off in the early hours to save power and cut carbon emissions.

The county council said turning off alternate lights in Cam between 0100 and 0600 BST would save 4,650 and 24 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Some residents have raised concerns that it could put their safety at risk.

A council spokesman said each complaint would be investigated and adjustments made as necessary to the pilot scheme.

Minimising danger

One resident told the BBC: "I live in a small close and they've turned one out at the edge of a dark lane.

"It means the whole end of the close is in darkness which is not good in the winter months coming. I think they need to consider how to do this."

Council and parish councillor Dennis Andrewartha said: "Most crime takes place in day, the public perceives it takes place at night.

"But if we get complaints - we've had less than 10 to date - we are switching some of the lights.

"We are proactive in minimising what people see as a danger."

The county council's street-lighting manager Barry Greenaway said street-lighting accounted for 25% of the total electrical energy consumed by the authority.

"In July, it was decided we should roll [the scheme] out to other areas," he said.

"We wrote to 160 town and parish councils and to date we've received 50 responses and almost 40 support the project."


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