Lights on option for Surrey councils

Local councils in Surrey could be handed powers to turn street lights back on, if they pay for the cost of doing so themselves.

In April, Get Surrey reported that Spelthorne would begin annually paying £21,000 for the borough's street lights to remain on throughout the night, after agreeing a financial deal with Surrey County Council.

This followed the county council’s decision in October 2016 to to switch off 44,000 street lights across the county between midnight and 5am, in order to make savings of £210,000 per year.

If the proposals are approved at the next Surrey County Council cabinet meeting on 30 May, councils will have the option of following Spelthorne’s lead, and will have to commit to paying the additional costs for the street lighting for five years.

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