Devon

Council changes street lights to part-time in Axminster

Some street lights in a Devon town will be switched off for parts of the night to help save money and cut carbon emissions, the council has said.

Devon County Council said 280 street lights in Axminster would be switched off between 01:30 and 06:30.

The authority said the change would apply to lights in residential areas.

The switch off is part of a countywide scheme which could save £450,000, and 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the next three years, the council added.

Over the next few weeks the street lights on Castle Hill, Foxhill, North Street and Willhayes Park will be converted to part-time lighting, the council said.

Street light timings have already been altered or are in the process of being altered in 160 communities in Devon, including Exmouth, Seaton and Dawlish, the council said.

The authority is responsible for nearly 75,000 street lights.

It said the electricity bill was about £2.2m and they produced almost 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

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