60 per cent of street lighting in Royston to be switched off

09:18 11 May 2012

ROUGHLY 60 per cent of street lighting will be turned off in Royston as part of a Hertfordshire County Council scheme.

The authority is flicking the switch next month and county councillor Fiona Hill has been charged with consulting the town on the changes.

Cllr Hill has a draft of the areas affected by the decision to turn off lights between midnight and 6am and is currently gauging opinion on the plans.

She told the Crow: “In comparison to some areas in the county there is a lot still on in Royston and there are a lot of areas that don’t have restricted lighting.

“Obviously there are areas like the A10, places covered by CCTV and streets with traffic calming that are not affected.

“At the moment it just seems to be some of the estates, but some of them have traffic calming so it is very dotted about.

“Approximately 40 per cent of Royston will remain on but that isn’t from a final map.”

Herts CC will turn off roughly 70 per cent of lighting in North Herts next month although areas with a significant night time economy, road traffic obstructions and CCTV cameras will be left.

The body decided on the move in a bid to cut costs, saving £1.3million a year, and reduce its carbon footprint.

Despite releasing draft maps detailing the changes to county councillors, County Hall would not disclose any information to the Crow.

A spokesman for the authority said: “ Because of all the local work with local members we want the roll out to go as smooth as possible, we don’t want to commission anything until we get the details locally. We are currently in discussions with local members.

“When that is finished that is when we the information and will have more detail.”


More news stories

Yesterday, 18:12
Susan Webster with a memory book made by staff at Addenbrookes hospital has returned home after suffering from a fall on the 14th October 2014 caused by a Subarachnoid haemorrhage which left her in a coma for 7 weeks

A woman who came close to death after suffering a haemorrhage which left her in a coma for seven weeks is calling out to friends in Royston to come and say hello, as she returned to her home last week.

Yesterday, 14:33
Some of the North Herts dancers taking part in next week's show

When one of the world’s best-loved ballets comes to Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre next week you can bet that many members of the audience will be wide awake – keeping a sharp eye out for their young stars in the making among the cast of Sleeping Beauty.

Yesterday, 12:02
Historian Fonz Chamberlain with artist Pippa Westoby, who has designed a potential plaque

An historian from Melbourn who has been campaigning tirelessly for a permanent memorial to the founding member of Pink Floyd is on the brink of success.

Yesterday, 10:01
The A10 was closed between Foxton and Shepreth following a fatality near Foxton Level Crossing. Picture: @tweetingmk

Police have confirmed that a 73-year-old woman from Royston died after being struck by a train at Foxton Level Crossing yesterday.


Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition