93 more Derbyshire parishes to have street lights turned off
STREET lights will be turned off during the early hours across a further 93 places in Derbyshire by April 2014, the county council has revealed.
That is on top of the 57 parishes already introduced to "part-night" lighting since last summer.
Derbyshire County Council announced last year that it planned to turn off 40,000 of its 89,000 street lights between midnight and 5.30am – despite fears it would lead to more crime and anti-social behaviour.
The authority said the move would save £400,000 a year on its energy bill and reduce its annual carbon output by 2,000 tonnes.
Residents in the 93 places earmarked for part-night lighting by April 2014 will first be invited to have their say on which lights should be kept on, as part of a four-week consultation process in each location.
Ian Stephenson, strategic director of environmental services, said the council was pressing ahead with the scheme as "there does not appear to be any concrete evidence" that turning off certain street lights leads to more crime.
But the Derby Telegraph can reveal the council has only analysed crime stats in seven of the 42 places that were introduced to part-night lighting last year.
Mr Stephenson said other studies backed up his view that switching off certain street lights does not pose a threat to public safety.
He said Nottinghamshire County Council found crime increased in only two out of 32 parishes in which it had introduced part-night lighting since 2011.
One of the Derbyshire villages introduced to part-night lighting last summer was Barrow-upon-Trent.
The clerk of the parish council, Alison Hicklin, said it had not affected crime or anti-social behaviour levels.
She said: "We've heard absolutely nothing about it causing problems. Everyone is quite happy with it. It's a positive move."
In Matlock Bath, some street lights have been switched off in the early hours since the end of last summer. Parish council member Peter Baranek said: "We haven't had any residents coming to the parish council meetings to complain.
"There was one case where a street light was turned off and residents wanted it kept on but I think that has been resolved now."
Villages across South Derbyshire and Amber Valley, including Duffield, Ashbourne, Mackworth, Willington and Kilburn, are among the 93 places, as are Erewash villages Morley, Stanley and Stanley Common.
The proposal is expected to be approved by Councillor Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport, at a meeting next Tuesday.
The full list:
Boylestone, Derbyshire Dales; Church Broughton, South Derbyshire; Cubley, Derbyshire Dales; Doveridge, Derbyshire Dales; Edlaston and Wyaston, Derbyshire Dales; Foston and Scropton, South Derbyshire; Hatton, South Derbyshire; Hoon, South Derbyshire; Marston Montgomery, Derbyshire Dales; Marston on Dove, South Derbyshire; Sudbury, Derbyshire Dales; Yeaveley, Derbyshire Dales; Alderwasley, Amber Valley; Biggin, Derbyshire Dales; Brailsford, Derbyshire Dales; Hazelwood, Amber Valley; Hulland, Derbyshire Dales; Hulland Ward, Derbyshire Dales; Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire Dales; Kirk Langley, Amber Valley; Mackworth, Amber Valley; Shottle and Postern, Amber Valley; Turnditch, Amber Valley; Weston Underwood, Amber Valley; Aston, High Peak; Brough and Shatton, High Peak; Charlesworth, High Peak; Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish, High Peak; Chisworth, High Peak; Derwent, High Peak; Holmesfield, North East Derbyshire; Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire Dales; Thornhill, High Peak; Tintwistle, High Peak; Wardlow, Derbyshire Dales; Wormhill, High Peak; Ashbourne, Derbyshire Dales; Ballidon, Derbyshire Dales; Bonsall, Derbyshire Dales; Brackenfield, North East Derbyshire; Bradbourne, Derbyshire Dales; Kniveton, Derbyshire Dales; Middleton, Derbyshire Dales; Offcote and Underwood, Derbyshire Dales; Osmaston, Derbyshire Dales; Rowland, Derbyshire Dales; Winster, Derbyshire Dales; Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales; Cauldwell, South Derbyshire; Coton in the Elms, South Derbyshire; Drakelow, South Derbyshire; Linton, South Derbyshire; Lullington, South Derbyshire; Netherseal, South Derbyshire; Rosliston, South Derbyshire; Smisby, South Derbyshire; Walton upon Trent, South Derbyshire; Burnaston, South Derbyshire; Dalbury Lees, South Derbyshire; Egginton, South Derbyshire; Findern, South Derbyshire; Hilton, South Derbyshire; Ingleby, South Derbyshire; Newton Solney, South Derbyshire; Radbourne, South Derbyshire; Sutton on the Hill, South Derbyshire; Trusley, South Derbyshire; Twyford and Stenson, South Derbyshire; Willington, South Derbyshire; Aston upon Trent, South Derbyshire; Elvaston, South Derbyshire; Mapperley, Amber Valley; Melbourne, South Derbyshire; Morley, Erewash; Shardlow and Great Wilne, South Derbyshire; Stanton by Bridge, South Derbyshire; Barlow, North East Derbyshire; Brampton, North East Derbyshire; Darley Dale, Derbyshire Dales; Holymoorside and Walton, North East Derbyshire; Northwood and Tinkersley, Derbyshire Dales; Unstone, North East Derbyshire; Crich, Amber Valley; Pentrich, Amber Valley; Shirland and Higham Parish, North East Derbyshire; South Wingfield, Amber Valley; Stretton, North East Derbyshire; Wessington, North East Derbyshire; Duffield, Amber Valley; Holbrook. Amber Valley; Horsley, Amber Valley; Horsley Woodhouse, Amber Valley; Kilburn, Amber Valley; Stanley and Stanley Common, Erewash.