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City council vows not to switch off the lights

Birmingham says it will not follow in the footsteps of Dudley Borough Council which will switch off some street lamps in a bid to save £100,000 a year

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Birmingham City Council has ruled out following a Midland authority’s lead in turning off street lights to save cash.

Dudley Borough Council announced on Monday that it would be switching off some of its 32,000 street lamps in a bid to save £100,000 a year.

The authority, which spends £2 million a year on street lighting, said it would focus on “rural areas” from 2016, but only once taxpayers had been consulted.

The move comes as the council, which last December trialled dimming lights overnight, is forced to make cuts of £60 million over the next three years. But Birmingham City Council said it had no plans to follow suit.

A spokesman said: “The city council already reduces lighting levels at locations within the city where light dimming capabilities exist and local conditions allow.

“Currently, there are no plans to switch off some street lights.”

 
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