Lights To Go Out In Wareham
5:06pm 9th April 2013
(Updated 6:49pm 9th April 2013)
The lights are going off in Wareham.
Street lights will start going out around midnight at the end of the month.
Dorset County Council are doing it to reduce energy costs and save money.
They say lights will only be turned off in areas where there are no "significant" concerns over road safety or crime.
SSE Contracting, the county council's street lighting partner, will begin converting almost 1,650 lights to switch off between approximately midnight and 5.30am GMT (1am and 6.30am BST). The lights will come back on again in the morning only if it is still dark. Lights will remain lit all night on main roads, within the town centres and on roads with any speed humps.
It will take around four to six weeks to complete the changes, which involves changing the light sensor on each lamp to a special timed version.
Part-night lighting has been rolled out across Dorset since 2011. It is now operating on residential streets in Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Christchurch, Blandford, Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Corfe Mullen, Ferndown, West Moors and Swanage.
Dorset Police investigated claims in Dorchester that anti-social behaviour had risen following the switch-off and found that there had been no increase in the areas where the lights had been turned off.