Street lights to be turned off

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PEAK District villages are among 68 areas where street lights are set to be turned off between midnight and 5.30am under money-saving council plans.

Derbyshire County Council has announced locations for the scheme will include villages in the Hope Valley and others near Bakewell.

The authority is launching consultation within all affected areas about the changes, which aim to save £400,000 a year on energy bills.

Coun Simon Spencer, deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We need to save £90 million over the next four years and with rising energy prices we need to look at ways of doing things differently.

“We won’t switch off all street lights, but as most people are in bed between midnight and 5.30am we believe some lighting isn’t needed.”

Lights will stay on in areas of high crime, sheltered housing, main junctions and major roads.