Worry over lights plan

THE safety of pedestrians would be in jeopardy from moves to cut street lighting after midnight, believes a councillor.

Erik Johnsen raised concerns at a meeting of Belper Town Council, which has been consulted by Derbyshire County Council on the cash-saving idea.

The county council is considering switching off about 60% of its street lights at midnight each evening.

But Cllr Johnsen said: “People still need to get home. They may be out that late.”

But Cllr Jim Anderson said it was a “criminal waste of money” to keep all street lights on.

The town council decided to ask highways officials to look at alternative ways to power lighting.