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Why have some street lights been switched off?

Major street lighting changes are being introduced by Cheshire East Council.  

According to the Cheshire East Council Website, as part of efforts to slash carbon emissions, cut down on light pollution, save money and make Cheshire East a cleaner and greener place to live – the Council is moving forward with changes to street lighting.

The Council is writing to all town and parish councils to inform them on how the changes could affect their area. A new three-pronged approach is being introduced. Areas will find themselves in one of the following categories:

Switching off – lights will be permanently switched off, with a view to removal in the future. This will only be implemented on routes between towns with a small number of homes.

Dimming – lights will operate at 60 per cent of their normal strength to achieve savings whilst still providing lighting. This will be used where routes pass through local communities or where safety issues mean it isn’t suitable to switch lighting off.

Part-night lighting – a process where lights automatically turn off at midnight and come back on between 5.30am-6.30am. This will mainly be used in housing estates.

The lights that will be turned off will mainly be on A or B roads between towns and villages.

Where there is a significant number of homes on a route then lights will remain switched on and may form part of the dimming or part-night exercises. On stretches of roads where the lights will be switched off, there will be clear signs at each end of the route advising people that the lights are not in use.

You can visit the Cheshire East Council Webpage regarding these changes via this link.