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.