A further 10,000 part night lights are being considered for residential areas of West Sussex.
The Environmental and Community Services Select Committee recently scrutinised the County Council’s decision to further promote the use of part night lighting, where lights are switched off between the hours of 12.30am and 5.30am.
Committee members considered fears that reducing night lighting could increase crime. They found no evidence to support these concerns or that the proposal would have a negative impact on accident rates.
West Sussex already has 30,000 part night lights in residential roads where there are fewer people on the streets and limited car movements between these times.
The County Council has operated a 12.30 am to 5.30 am street light policy in many areas since the 1970s.
The proposal is now to talk to local councils where this does not already happen to discuss the most efficient implementation of the plans.
John O’Brien, Acting County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are extending our policy across further residential areas of the county in response to increasing public concern about wasting energy.
“An increase in the cost of electricity, intrusive light and the loss of dark skies has led to many residents living in areas lit throughout the night to question why they are being left on.
“This move directly addresses their concerns.”
The policy does exclude roads from part night lighting if Police request it to assist with an ongoing investigation, after which the lighting would be returned to part night.
Main roads in urban areas will remain lit although the majority of street lights are already dimmed by 50 per cent after midnight to save energy.
Town centres will not be affected by the proposal and will remain lit throughout the hours of darkness.