Street lights to stay on

LATE-NIGHT revellers will not face dark and potentially dangerous journeys home over the Christmas period.

Suffolk’s street lights will be left on all night for two of the busiest nights of the year, it has been confirmed.

Suffolk County Council has said that due to the number of people out celebrating, it plans to keep all the street lights it manages switched on from dusk on Christmas Eve till dawn on Christmas Day.

Between Boxing Day and December 30, the lights will remain on until 1am, while on New Year’s Eve the lights will once again be on all night.

The decision comes despite the council’s cabinet agreeing to turn off street lights between midnight and 5.30am as part of an intelligent street lighting system – designed to reduce the authority’s energy bills by almost £900,000 a year.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for roads and transport, said adjustments to the system were possible, where necessary, for safety and community confidence purposes.

“We understand how important it is for people in our county to feel safe over Christmas and the new year when they are more likely to be celebrating late into the night,” he said.

“This is a perfect example of how the system is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the needs of communities at specific times of the year.”