Kent County Council has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to LED technology. LED’s are significantly more efficient than the existing lights.
Labour in Dartford welcome this move – we made the case for it during last years ‘Street Light Switch Off’ scheme which was trialled in many areas of Dartford.
Over the last few weeks, KCC have been running another consultation. As they move to LED lighting they want to know how you would like your streets lit. They have proposed two options:
- Part-night lighting - Under this option, street lights are switched of between the hours of 12.00 midnight and 05.30
- All-night lighting
KCC are also seeking your views on the dimming of street lights when roads are less busy.
We’ve got concerns about part-night lighting in Dartford. First and foremost, the impact of switching off street lights on the potential risk of crime needs to be properly considered. We are clear that KCC should not make any changes to lighting that impact public safety.
Switching off streetlights in the early hours of the morning might seem OK if you are asleep in bed but KCC should also understand that not everyone works 9-5. Night and shift workers should expect to have their streets lit when they go to and come from work the same as everyone else.
The public consultation closes on 29th November. You can make sure you have your say by visiting http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/streetlighting/consultationHome
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