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Street lights switching off before midnight

Reported in the Street lighting category by Sleaford resident at 23:53, Wed 4 October 2017

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council 1 minute later

The street lights on the southern section of Southfields (the entrance being opposite Victoria avenue) an on towards Oak Road had already gone out by 2335, and some of them had gone off before that. There is also at least one doing the same on Bridle Close. They should still be on at this time, and on until at least midnight as per the policies of Lincolnshire County Council. This is not a case of "clocks adjusting to BST changes" etc as has been used as an excuse before, as we are some way past March now!

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  • I've had a response from LCC as follows: "The Part Night control of the street lighting is not switched via a clock, they all have individual photo cells and these have a daylight monitoring operation. They measure the duration of the day between dawn and dusk and halfway through the day is taken as midday. From this they have an internal time tracker which determines the mid part of the night and switches off the light. This equates roughly to midnight. It is not as precise as a time clock and can be subject to poor weather conditions during the day which would effectively 'reduce' the length of the day and affect the switch off time. The manufacturer states that they can vary up to roughly 15 minutes either side of midnight, although our experience has shown it can probably be up to 30 minutes. Please be aware that as the UK adjusts clocks between GMT and BST in the Spring and Autumn this also brings a period of adjustment in the weeks surrounding the switchover. Lincolnshire does not have a Central Controlled management System for its lighting , or individual time clocks in the columns (both solutions would be cost prohibitive) and so control via photocells is the preferred method."

    I have replied back pointing out the commitment from them as a public body to keep the lights on until midnight, and so that is what should happen and so the problem is not resolved.

    Posted by Sleaford resident at 14:31, Mon 9 October 2017

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