Consultation on Ilfracombe lights switch-off

Joseph Bulmer

THE people of Ilfracombe are being asked to comment on proposals to switch off or reduce street lighting in parts of the town overnight. Ilfracombe Town Council is asking for residents opinions on changes planned by Devon County Council for part night

THE people of Ilfracombe are being asked to comment on proposals to switch off or reduce street lighting in parts of the town overnight.

Ilfracombe Town Council is asking for residents' opinions on changes planned by Devon County Council for "part night" lighting as the county continues its programme to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions across Devon.

Some communities in the region, including Bideford, Northam and Woolsery have already undergone the measures, which the county council says will save money, reduce emissions to prevent climate change and in addition reduce light pollution, allowing a better view of the stars.

There will be two new phased options for street lighting. Option one is for phased part-night lighting in residential areas, with some lights switched off between 12.30- 5.30am.

The second option is for main road and town centre lighting to remain lit - but dimmed - throughout the night.

In conjunction with the county council, Ilfracombe's town council wants to hear local opinion and of any issues such as crime, disorder and road safety issues which might arise if certain streets or lights were included in the scheme.

Feedback forms are available from the Ilfracombe Centre at the junction of the High Street and Northfield Road and must be returned by the end of July.

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