500 street lights turned off in Wokingham

From today, a further 500 street lights in Wokingham will be switched off overnight in a bid to save more council cash. In total, 2000 lights around the town will now be off between 12.30am and 5.30am - saving around £36,000 a year.

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Street lights turned off to save Council cash

A further 504 street lights will be switched off in Wokingham today as part of the council's bid to cut back.

It comes as 2000 lights across the county will now be turned off between 12.30am and 5.30am - saving the council a total of £36,000 every year,

Further street lights will be turned off by the council overnight to reduce costs Credit: PA Wire

Street lights are carefully chosen to become part of the part-night lighting scheme, and the wellbeing and safety of residents and motorists is key to this.

We've been carrying out part-night lighting since 2009 and so far 1,434 street lights have become part of the scheme with an annual saving of £18,000 per year per 1,000 part-night lights."

– Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways

Before the lighting is turned off, those roads affected will have a temporary sign to warn residents.

The affected lights will also have a permanent sticker and residents will receive a letter.

The selected street lights have been especially picked by the police to ensure they aren't in areas with high crime levels.

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