Dim view on street lighting

Street lighting on Lake Road North
Street lighting on Lake Road North

SAFETY campaigners have pledged to monitor new dimmed street lighting measures by the county council which have raised fears over people’s wellbeing.

Lancashire County Council is turning down lights on every street in Fylde and Wyre as part of a cost and energy saving plan.

But the news that lights will be dimmed between 10pm and 6.30am has led to fears crime will increase.

And concerns have also been raised that people could be injured by tripping when either walking home after nights out or going to work early in the morning.

The decision to dim lights throughout Fylde and Wyre is part of a five-year plan by the county council to save £1 million.

Energy efficient LED lamps will replace the traditional sodium lights which provide the same level of lighting while using 30 per cent of the power.

Fylde councillor Cheryl Little, from Fylde Community Safety Partnership, added: “It might be the council can do this in the countryside and away from residential areas and try to save money there.

“As a community safety partnership we will be monitoring the situation and if crime goes up as a result we will be taking appropriate action.”

Ray Worthington, head of asset management and procurement at Lancashire County Council, said: “The light from LED lamps doesn’t spill as far from the lamp as traditional lights and this has been welcomed by many residents who often complained at light pollution into their homes caused by sodium lamps.

“We are also fitting new controls to street lights which allows them to be dimmed, and where these controls have been installed we are already saving money and energy by turning them down between 10pm and 6.30am.”

The county council will also replace illuminated signs and bollards with reflective versions which do not require power.