Almost half of Welsh councils switch off street lights

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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