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Some street lights in Bishop's Stortford could stay on for longer at night

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Some street lights in Bishop’s Stortford could stay on for longer at night under new guidance set to be agreed by Hertfordshire County Council.

With most of the county’s street lights now having been converted to more energy-efficient LED lights linked to a central control system, HCC has greater flexibility in the way it can make savings to its electricity bill and reduce carbon emissions.

As such, it plans to introduce a process to allow some of the lights to be kept on an hour later, until 2am, where there is a specific local reason, and to come back on dimmed instead of on full power between 5am and 6am.

Mark Kemp, director of environment and infrastructure, said: “Switching lights off in the early hours of the morning is reducing our carbon footprint and saving taxpayers’ money. However, with more efficient LED lights and intelligent control systems, we can make some of these savings by dimming lights instead. This means if there are good reasons to leave the lights on longer in specific areas, and the local county councillor supports it, we may now be able to do this without increasing our energy usage.”

Council officers have been tasked with developing specific criteria to determine which lights could have their timing and intensity changed, with the new policy set to be discussed by the county council’s cabinet.

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