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Ten year plan to light up footpaths

A council in Cumbria has agreed a 10 year plan to continue to provide street lights in rural areas.

Eden District Council will upgrade some of the lights at a cost of £1 million. It hopes that organisations like the county council or parish councils will take on responsibility for others.

The new plan was needed after Electricity North West announced in 2011 that it was removing lights from its electricity poles for safety reasons.

It followed the death of a BT linesman, who was electrocuted while repairing telephone equipment on a pole.

Eden Council has spent a year working with parish and town councils to develop a long-term solution.