Filton could have its lights back on for 62p per household per month

Published on: 15 Nov 2013

Street lights in Filton - recently changed to go off for four hours in the night - could still be turned back on if the town council voted to pay for them through the parish precept. The cost would be roughly 62p per month per council-tax paying household.

The change to 'part night lighting' by South Glos Council was introduced to make savings to budgets as well as O2 emissions.

But since the scheme began in Filton, residents on social meda have complained that they do not feel safe returning to home at night. Others have said the lights are being switched off before the published hours - midnight-4am in summer and 1am-5am in winter.

On Facebook, one resident said: "It really is pitch black. My neighbours are in bed when I get home so you don't even get a shard of light from their lit up rooms."

Another said: "It get's very dark now we have no street lighting. When I come in from a work callout in the early hours of the morning, its like playing pin the tail on the donkey trying to get the key in the front door. It isn't going be fun when the bad weather comes, or someone falls over the recycling bins in the pitch black

South Glos Council has told Filtonvoice that Filton Town Council could opt to switch the lights back on but residents would be charged through council tax.

Precise figures are not available but Filton has roughly 1,000 lights and South Glos estimates 600 are on part night lighting. Engineers say the cost to turn the 600 lights back on would be £50 per light, making a £30,000 bill for Filton.

With roughly 4,000 homes paying council tax, this would givbe a monthly extra payment of £7.50 per year, or 62p per month per houselhold.

Comments (3)

  1. James Robertson:
    Sep 24, 2013 at 01:29 PM

    So the inconvenience of a few means the majority of us who are asleep have to pay so they can manage the short walk from the car door to the front door. I doubt most of the residents have even noticed the lights have been out.

  2. Dave:
    Sep 24, 2013 at 08:17 PM

    Obviously James has a very short sighted view on this. Its not a short walk from the car door. For a start, not all of us drive and for an awful lot of night workers, it is a long walk in total darkness. Remember just because you cant see the issue yourself, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

  3. James Robertson:
    Sep 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM

    Used to work shifts so understand the issue but as I said a minority of people want the area lit for them for hours each night for their trip home. This is the city and is never that dark (go into the countryside and you will see the difference ). If your walking a fair way get a torch. Short sighted indeed - just aware of the complete waste of energy going on and the impact on nocturnal wildlife being lit up 24/7.

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