A PENSIONER has pointed out a street lamp that has been on constantly since June as roads chiefs prepare to switch off lights at night to save cash.
Mary Waryszniuk, of Hanger Close in Hemel Hempstead, says she reported the light in her road to Dacorum Borough Council in July but no action has been taken.
“That’s not saving money, is it?” she said.
“I’ve reported it to the council and it’s still on. It was on in June. I went away in July and it was still on when I came back and I reported it.
“He said he would pass it on.”
Mary, 78, was prompted to contact the HeraldExpress after reading about the new policy of switching off lights in our sister paper The Gazette.
Under the plan the majority of lights in residential and rural areas will be switched off between midnight and 6am.
But lights 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 also produce 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year and the switch-off is expected to cut that by 80 per cent.
The council said the light was not its responsibility and it passed the report on to Herts County Council months ago.
Spokesman Sara Hamilton said: “We reported it to them on August 22. They had not recorded any details but they’re going to follow it up now.”
Street lights, which cost £3.4 million in electricity a year to run, are being switched off in stages across Herts and Dacorum’s are expected to go at the turn of the year.
County councillors and the police will have a say over which lights should stay before the final decision, but around 15 per cent of lights are predicted to stay lit.