Auchenblae to take part in street light switch-off trial

Auchenblae is one of six Aberdeenshire communities chosen to take part in a trial scheme which will see street lights switched off in the dead of night. The trial is due to begin later this month. Aberdeenshire Council has been looking at a number of street lighting options for the area, including new technology, in order to lower costs and help the environment.

The trial, which will see lights automatically switched off from around midnight until around 6am, will be introduced initially in Auchenblae, Auchterless, Monymusk, Rora, Sandend and Sauchen towards the end of this month.

The trial has been spread across Aberdeenshire by choosing one settlement in each of the authority’s six administrative areas. Residents and community councils have been informed of the trial, and if proved a success the scheme may be introduced elsewhere.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle said: “This is an interesting trial which we hope will highlight the benefits of saving energy by switching street lights off at times when there is relatively little need for them to be on.

“A number of issues will be considered as part of the initiative, including public safety, and residents in the trial settlements will have the opportunity to comment as part of a detailed review.”

Vice chair of the committee, Jill Webster, added: “Aberdeenshire Council maintains around 40,000 street lights and their annual energy consumption is around 16,000kWh which costs £1.6million a year. ”This trial will help us assess the potential benefits of rolling out the scheme further and the review will be considered before any decision is taken to include more settlements.”

For more information on the street light trial, please visit: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/roads/maintenance/lighting.asp