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Street lights to go out in Leicestershire villages
A lamp post
The council hope to save 700,000 by switching off 40,000 lamps

Six villages will see their street lighting reduced this week as part of a Leicestershire County Council scheme.

Eventually the council are hoping to switch-off or dim over 40,000 lamps, in an attempt to save £700,000 from its power bills and cut carbon emissions.

The latest lighting alterations are due to take place in Quorn, Croft, Dunton Bassett, Lubenham, Smeeton Westerby, Swannington and Thurlaston.

Some lamps will only be switched-off between midnight and 05:30.

Kingsley Cook, the project manager for the scheme, estimated the switch-off will save around 3,000 tons of carbon.

This will help towards the council's aim to reduce their carbon emissions by 30%.

He also said that the scheme would help cut light pollution in rural areas.

Safety concerns

The council have consulted with Leicestershire Constabulary about the possible safety implications of the reduction of lights in the villages.

Mr Cook commented, "To the best of our knowledge there is no significant crime issues, particularly in small villages like Quorn.

"In fact, the main issue we see is a fear of crime. People may perceive it to be more dangerous when in fact perhaps the reality is that it isn't."

He stressed that in Quorn the High Street and most road junctions will remain lit, but villagers may want to consider carrying a torch if they expect to return home after midnight.

Martin Lille, landlord at the White Horse pub in the village, is not happy about the switch-off believing people may be reluctant to venture out after dark due to safety concerns.

"I think we're cutting down on maybe a saving for the council, at the expense of if the streets going to be as safe now."

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