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Pinchbeck is the only council to apply to keep lights on after receiving concerns from elderly residents

Street lights will remain switched on overnight in a South Holland community following concerns raised by elderly residents.

Pinchbeck Parish Council is the only council in the county to submit a formal request to have four street lights in Grove Close to remain on throughout the night following a public meeting when fears were expressed.

Lincolnshire County Council says it has saved £2.5million in its annual electricity costsand reduced its carbon emissions by 6,200 metric tonnes by converting to LEDs and switching off street lights between midnight and dawn.

A Street Light (11803581)
A Street Light (11803581)

Parish councils are able to apply to keep the lights switched on on all night for a one-off payment of either £150 or £300 per light.

A Pinchbeck Parish Council spokesman said that it was responding to a request from an elderly resident.

She said: "An elderly gentleman expressed his concerns about the area being pitch black and we have vulnerable people living there so we want to make sure they are not feeling so vulnerable."

Elections took place for Pinchbeck Parish Council. (9585167)
Elections took place for Pinchbeck Parish Council. (9585167)


Just under half of Lincolnshire's 68,000 street lights have already been converted to LEDs, and around 42,000 currently operate on a part night lighting schedule.

Executive member for Highways Coun Richard Davies said: "This is a significant saving – above what we had initially estimated – and it allows us to invest more in the council's other priorities, including looking after older people and fixing even more potholes.

"There's no evidence that the change to part night lighting affected the crime rate in Lincolnshire, but we can now see that it has had a marked effect on cutting the impact on the environment." Report issues via fixmystreet.lincolnshire.gov.uk

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