Officials have seen the light

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A STREET light that burned night and day for months has finally been switched off.

Highways chiefs have at last found the off switch after the lamp in Hemel Hempstead was brought to their attention by the HeraldExpress.

Herts County Council failed to act the first time the lamp in Hanger Lane was reported by pensioner Mary Waryszniuk in July.

After no action was taken Mary, 78, turned to the HeraldExpress – and last week the light went out.

“It was on last Tuesday. I went away on Wednesday and Thursday and when I came back on Friday it was off,” she said.

“It’s been on since June and it’s a waste of money.

“I would not like to think I was paying the bill.”

The fiasco comes as the county council finalises its plans to switch street lights off across Herts between midnight and 6am to save cash.

Most lights in residential and rural areas will be turned off but those in crime hotspots, town centres and busy junctions will stay on.

The move will save £1.3 million a year in electricity but installing new timers in the county’s 120,000 lamps has cost £4.5 million.

The county’s street lights produce 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year and the switch-off is expected to cut that by 80 per cent.

> Do you know a faulty street light that never switches off? Contact the newsroom on 01442 262311.