Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire today voted for a return to all night lighting, enhancing a move they made three years ago. Back in 2014, Labour used its leverage on the then hung council to get funds allocated for an additional hour of lighting at night. The council had previously decided to switch off many of its street lights overnight in a bid to save money, but this had not proved universally popular with residents.
Councillors have recently been advised that advances in technology mean that it is now cheaper to keep the street lights on but dimmed, and today the council’s Environment and Communities Committee voted to adopt a revised street lighting policy and move to a dimmed all night lighting regime.
Labour’s Lead Member on the committee, Councillor Ian Boulton, says:
“I am pleased to support this move, which takes Labour’s proposal of three years ago further forward. Turning the street lights off has proved controversial, and I suspect that many residents will welcome this change of policy.
It will cause a very small increase in CO2 emissions, which I regret, but we will be monitoring further advances in technology which will hopefully address this over time.”