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NOTTS County Council has published detailed proposals for street lights in Retford as part of its project to save over £1 million a year and cut carbon emissions and light pollution.

Retford residents have until Tuesday 15th November to comment on specific lights. Comments will then be analysed to see if the proposals should be amended and work could start on the lights a few weeks later.

Letters about proposals for the town have been sent to the district council and emergency services for their comments.

Cabinet member for transport and highways Coun Richard Jackson said: “People in these villages now have the chance to tell us whether there are reasons why specific lights should not be altered, and we will continue to light crime and accident black spots and monitor the project carefully,” he said.

“Where similar projects have been carried out in other parts of the country, collisions and crime have not increased.”

The project involves turning many street lights off between midnight GMT and 5.30am GMT in residential areas, dimming many on main roads between 10pm and 7am and switching some off entirely in remote areas.

A risk assessment is being done for every light and the most appropriate option introduced for each town, village, suburb or road.

Many lights will not be altered, including those near hospitals, accident black spots or areas with higher than average crime rates. The project should be complete across the county by 2014.

The Council says it is working closely with the emergency services and will monitor the project to make sure crime and collision rates do not rise.

It expects to save 26 percent of the energy used, 5,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and an estimated £1.25 million (based on last year’s electricity prices) a year.

A spokesman said: “The cost of altering the lights will be £3.22 million, so the project will pay for itself in just a few years.”

“An added benefit of reduced street lighting will be much better views of the night sky and the project is supported by Nottinghamshire Campaign for Dark Skies.

More information is available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/streetlightingenergysaving.