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Letter: Why Not Turn Off Every Other Street Light?

Published on: 12 Dec, 2016
Updated on: 12 Dec, 2016

A Guildford street light that might be switched off between midnight and 5am to save money.

From Eddie Ward

Would it not be a better idea, just to turn every other light off. At least then, pedestrians would not be totally in the dark.

Cars have headlights, pedestrians do not.

I think the idea is rather scary for a lot of people.

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Responses to Letter: Why Not Turn Off Every Other Street Light?

  1. George Trask Reply

    December 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I can remember when I was about 12/13yrs street lights would automatically go off at midnight. Maybe it was a follow up to the end of the war.

    I lived in Artillery Terrace then and from the Elm Tree pub to my house was in darkness but of course there didn’t seem to be as much violence in those days, or am I dreaming?

  2. David Roberts Reply

    December 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Easier, if you need to compromise, to switch off at 1 or 2 a.m. instead of midnight. Most good revellers should be in bed by then.

  3. C Williams Reply

    December 12, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    There are these marvellous little things called torches, they were around in various forms well before street lights were invented and people managed just fine.

    These days you can buy them very cheaply and they can fit in your pocket. You may even find one in your Christmas cracker!

    As someone who regularly uses a torch to walk my dog before dawn, I happen to know they’re very simple to operate. Actually sometimes walking by moonlight is better and more beautiful, particularly without the orange glow of the street lights.

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