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Plan to switch off village lights after midnight


T


he streets in and around Abbots Langley are set to be plunged into darkness next year. In a county-wide cost and energy saving


exercise the majority of street lamps in the village will be switched off between midnight and 6am. The final details are still being discussed but


the move is likely to happen in September 2012 and has already started in other parts of Hertfordshire.


‘When it is eventually


introduced it will take time for people to get used to it’


Parish council chairman Councillor Stephen


Giles-Medhurst said: ―I personally think this is a positive move for the village. ―There will be exclusions, for example lights


will remain on at busy road junctions and we‘re pushing for lights to stay on around Kings


Langley rail station because many commuters use it after midnight. ―Carbon taxing is creeping in and if this


measure can save money and energy without an increase in crime it has to be a good thing. ―When it is eventually introduced it will take


time for people to get used to it but we managed 20 years ago so I‘m sure we‘ll manage now.‖ A statement from Hertfordshire County


Council said: ―We estimate that changes to our street lighting service will save £1.3m a year — and thus make a significant contribution to these savings.‖ Luke Stanley, 29, of Kindersley Way, thinks


the idea is a good one. He said: ―If it means a cut in my council tax payments I‘m all for it.‖ by Jerry Lyons


Have your say? Is the lights being switched off a good or bad idea? Email your views to


jerry@mynewsmag.co.uk or call 01923 660 112


Streetlights in Abbots will be turned off


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