Somerset villages back lights switch-off plans

Fourteen villages across Somerset have come forward to take part in a £500,000 plan to switch off street lights to save money and reduce carbon emissions.

The county council initiative was funded by the South West Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership.

About 20% of the 48,000 street lights the council manages will be converted. Street lights will be switched off between midnight and 0530 BST.

The plan also won support because it will help to reduce light pollution.

Robert Quinton, who chairs Burrowbridge Parish Council, said: "The Somerset Levels is a beautiful place for looking at the skies to see a starry night and dark skies are really necessary, the difference is amazing."

The 14 villages taking part are: Leigh-on-Mendip, Monksilver, Burrowbridge, Churchstanton, Tatworth and Forton, Keinton Mandeville, South Petherton, Dulverton, Winsford, Brushford, Porlock, Exton, Brompton Regis and Exford.

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