Street lighting energy reduction programme

North Yorkshire County Council are working on a four-year programme to reduce their street lighting energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

Street lights in North Yorkshire currently switch on at dusk and off at dawn. The new policy will see up to 60 per cent of our street lights switching off in the early hours of the morning between midnight and 5am, when road use is at a minimum.

The part-night lighting scheme commenced in Harrogate and Knaresborough in August 2012 followed by Scarborough and Hambleton in 2013. The programme will continue into Richmondshire in 2014 and extend through the rural areas of Harrogate and Scarborough, into Ryedale, Craven, Selby and the rest of the county until completion in 2016.

The County Council will ensure that crime, disorder and road safety issues are considered before decisions are made.

Areas that will not be affected:

  • Lights operated by borough, district or parish councils (except for Hambleton district)
  • Main traffic routes and road junctions (dimming of streetlights may be introduced if appropriate)
  • Locations with a significant night-time road traffic accident record
  • Potential hazards in the highway such as traffic calming, speed humps and road crossings (except in 20mph zones)
  • Parts of town centres that have concentrated night-time activity or economy;
    Areas covered by council or police CCTV operations
  • Areas with 24-hour operational emergency services, including hospitals
  • Lights outside sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people
  • Areas with a significant record of relevant night-time crime or anti-social behaviour.

All roads will have had a review carried out by a road safety team and the police as part of the risk assessment before any lights are switched off. Any concerns raised from the review will be considered and a decision made as to whether the lights will be included in the changes.

Find out what alterations are proposed for where you live by visiting—energy-reduction-programme

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