New plans for Peterborough street lights to be turned off

Some street lights in Peterborough could be turned off between midnight and 5am.

By Joel Lamy
Friday, 16th October 2020, 5:00 pm

The city council’s newly released budget proposals include a number of highways savings to help tackle its £36 million deficit which it said is due to cuts to its government funding and huge costs relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Among the proposed changes, which will be voted on by councillors in December, is to look at turning off some street lights between midnight and 5am or altering lighting levels.

This could generate an annual saving of £100,000 the council said, while stressing that safety assessments have been carried out.

Some street lights could be turned fof overnight under new Peterborough City Council proposals

The Peterborough Telegraph has asked which roads may see the lights switched off.

Last year, the council finished upgrading 17,000 street lights to energy-efficient LEDs.

At the time the council argued that the quality of the new lights meant residents would notice little to no difference, while the authority would save £100,000 a year.

Other highways proposals in the budget include:

. Allocating funding to allow whole areas of highway to be improved, rather than one-off patching, to “enhance the asset” and generate a saving of £150,000

. Reviewing fee levels to ensure that costs are recovered for construction of new estate roads and for applications for works to an existing highway, boosting income by £50,000

. Increasing the fees for street naming to cover costs and generate additional income of £6,000.

Further budget articles will appear at www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk.