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'This policy has environmental benefits'
4:54pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
Hertfordshire County Council has defended their decision to turn overnight street lighting off, after campaigners announced their petition had reached 5,000 signatures.
Stuart Pile, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the blackout helps deliver “important savings.”
He added: “This policy has environmental benefits, allowing us to leave a smaller carbon footprint.
"Feedback from residents and the Police was taken into account when finalising the streets included in the final plan for each area.
"The county council will carry out a full review of the part night lighting changes in mid-2013, after every area has been changed over, and a full annual cycle has taken place.
“Only then will we be able to gather meaningful data from across the whole county to inform the review.
"So far, we have found no evidence that crime rises in areas where part-night streetlighting has been introduced."