People have began to protest against council’s plans to switch off streetlights from midnight till dawn. Other places have gone against LED light bulbs because their directional light ‘does not provide enough lighting’.

In response to the council dimming streetlights in Hastings, East Sussex resident Gordon King wrote:

Since the council has deemed it necessary to dim our street lighting to an absolute ridiculous low level the streets have now become a mugger’s/car thief’s paradise, you can hardly see your hand in front of your face. Before this happened the old orange lighting was perfect, as you could see everything clearly… I could look out of my bedroom window and could clearly see the whole of the close, all of the cars parked in their driveways and you would be able to see any movements. But now look out and it’s almost pitch black. If anybody was lurking around trying to break into any of the cars then you would not see them.

The letter was wrote in to the Hastings and St Leonard’s Observer. The following letter by Jane Smith was also wrote to the Observer:

Am I the only person to be appalled by the new ‘low energy’ (or whatever they are supposed to be) streetlights that have been installed around the town? I rarely set foot outside when it was dark apart from when I had to go to and from work because I considered the old street lighting in the side roads to be woefully inadequate. You can imagine, therefore, how horrified I was to discover that it was to be replaced by something worse.

Hastings residents are not the only ones against the switch off, the residents of Shropshire campaigned for their lights to be put back on.

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