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STREETLIGHTS in Assington will be getting a £15,000 upgrade this weekend.

To coincide with Suffolk County Council’s late-night switch-off in the village, the parish council is replacing all the bulbs in the street lights with an energy efficient alternative, which boast a life span of 25 years.

The move is expected to cost £15,000 with the money being made up by a £1,000 grant from the county council and the remainder from Assington Parish Council’s funds.

Dave Crimmin, parish council clerk, said that although the bulbs were expensive, they made long-term sense.

“This is a sensible decision as the maintenance costs of the mercury bulbs were very high and the low-energy more efficient bulbs will pay for themselves in a year or two,” he said.

“The council could have waited two years to join the intelligent street lighting system but we thought it best to do it now and carry out this work at the same time.”

The county council’s street light switch-off between midnight and 5.30am is being rolled out across the county in a bid to save the authority more than £500,000 a year on its energy bills.

However, many people have complained about the system, claiming it makes journeys dangerous and could result in a rise in crime.

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