County Hall defends lights plan

COUNTY Hall leaders have tried to calm fears over their cost-cutting plans to switch off and dim some street lights.

The controversial move has been criticised by opposition councillors and pensioners’ groups, but bosses say it will save £1m every year and are pressing ahead with the plan.

Coun Richard Jackson, Nottinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “There’s a lot of scare-mongering going on surrounding the street light scheme with some people claiming – without foundation – that crime and road accidents are bound to increase.”

He says lights near hospitals, accident blackspots or areas with higher than average crime rates will stay on.