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More street lights to be switched off in Ceredigion

The final phase of a project to save money by switching off street lights in Ceredigion is set to begin, it has been confirmed.

A number of street lamps in Aberystwyth town centre will be turned off between midnight and 0500 GMT from 21 March.

Ceredigion council began its switch-off programme in August 2009 by turning off 6,200 street, 2,300 footway and 3,900 highway lights.

It said it had saved £50,000 per year in energy costs.

Lights in areas covered by CCTV, trunk roads owned by the Welsh Assembly Government and locations near pedestrian crossings will remain on all night.

Thousands of lights were blacked out across Powys in 2008 as part of a controversial cost-cutting policy, which saved the council £225,000.

But many of the lights were turned back on following a review.

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