Somerset

Taunton Deane floodlights could be switched off

Lighting that illuminates churches and other buildings in part of Somerset could be switched off in order to save money.

Taunton Deane Borough Council is considering disconnecting the floodlights to 43 places including the Market House in Taunton.

A spokesman for the Conservative-run council said decommissioning the lights would save about £10,000 a year.

Alternatively, the authority could transfer maintenance to a third party.

The council has a budget shortfall of £1.6m after losing just under £1m in government funding. It has a net expenditure of £13m.

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