I’ve given strong support at the County Council to the new part night lighting policy. It will save a lot of money (£500,000 a year) and a lot of energy, helping to reduce our carbon footprint. The plan was to start the new arrangements from 1st April next year, but in fact across Warwick District all the equipment is in place to implement early and make additional savings. A good idea, yes?
WELL, UP TO A POINT!
I don’t think it makes any sense to implement this new policy just a few weeks before the Christmas/New Year period, the busiest time of the year for people being out late at night, and possibly a little the worse for wear! I tried to get the Conservative Cabinet Member to delay, even by a few weeks, but he wouldn’t listen.
I hope sincerely that no serious problems or accidents happen over the Christmas/New Year period which could be attributable to this early switch off decision. If they’d stuck to the original timetable, we’d all have had plenty of time to get used to the new arrangements before the next Christmas/New Year period. As it is, we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best!