Last chance to speak before ‘Barnstaple lights go out’

What lights stay on and which go off will be revealed within the next few weeks.

THE plan for turning off some of Barnstaple’s residential street lighting is expected to be finalised by the end of this month.

Then in February the public will be able to view Devon County Council’s plans in full and find out whether their street will be affected.

For some time the council has been proposing to turn out the lights away from the town centre between 12.30-5am as part of a Devon wide bid to save some �450,000 on its annual energy bill.

It has already come into effect in a number of areas, but opponents fear the move could have a serious effect on public safety, rising crime and vulnerable groups such as the partially sighted.


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Councillor Stuart Hughes, county Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said lights on designated A and B roads be left operational throughout the night, together with the town centre and other roads at the request of the police and town councillors.

“We are currently awaiting final comments from the town council, county councillors, police and other stakeholders before the plans are finalised by the end of the month and then put on display in Barnstaple in early February,” he said.

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“Residents will be able to make written comments and these will be considered before any action is taken.”

The lighting plan will be on public display at somewhere like the Civic Centre.

Barnstaple town Councillor Simon Harvey has raised the issue a number of times during the past three years because he is concerned of the effect on vulnerable groups such as the disabled.

“This will be residents’ final opportunity to have their say,” he warned.

Comments can be made via email to environment@devon.gov.uk, or in writing to: Street Lighting, Matford Offices, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon.

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