Almost half of Welsh councils switch off street lights

13/09/2011
Almost half of councils in Wales have switched off residential street lights to save cash.

Bridgend is the latest to announce its switch-off plans after energy bills reached £826,000 last year.

Ten out of the 22 councils in Wales have already turned off street lighting in cash-saving moves.

A Bridgend council spokesman said it had taken the decision following a 27 per cent rise in electricity costs in the last five years.

Blaenau Gwent, Ceredigion, Powys, Pembrokeshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Newport and Carmarthenshire councils have also implemented switch-off schemes. However, Swansea has decided against a switch-off following objections from residents.

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