London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 17, 2009 -- A new trend is developing among UK councils as they seek to cut their carbon emissions and costs. With Pembrokeshire, Torfaen and Powys all implementing reduced street lighting to save cash, Carmarthenshire in Wales is also set to join the list, according to the BBC.
The council will consider switching some of its lights off between the hours of 00:30 and 05:30 GMT after it emerged that the annual cost of street lighting stands at around #163;560,000. Council working group chairman Jim Jones explained to the news provider that a full investigation will be carried out before any decision is taken. `The group will carefully consider proposals for the council`s public lighting network,` he said. `It is vital that we make financial savings, as well as reduce the council`s carbon footprint. `A consultation exercise will be undertaken in a bid to find the most suitable proposal for Carmarthenshire. ` The Manchester Evening News recently reported that residents were angry after local councils proposed a similar move, with some fearing it would endanger lives.