U-turn on switch-off plan

Oxfordshire County Council has done a U-turn on plans to switch off thousands of street lights.

The decision to reverse the switch-off move was made following a discovery that electricity tariff changes would mean anticipated savings would not be achieved.

The plan would have meant that half the county’s streetlights would have been switched off between 12.30am and 5.30am.
Council spokesman Paul Smith said: “The proposed changes to the way councils will be charged by energy providers will have a negligible effect on overall budgets as the charges for peak times have been raised.

“These will be offset by the new lower rates for lighting during off peak periods.”

The council had hoped to save £350,000 by switching off 28,000 streetlights.

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