Ipswich: Street lights to be switched back on during festive period

CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a decision to turn street lights back on during the yuletide period.

Street lights will remain on from dusk till dawn over the Christmas period and on New Year’s Eve.

Lights across Suffolk have been turned off or dimmed as part of the county council’s attempts to cut carbon emissions and save money.

Rex Chittock, who has been petitioning against the move for months, said: “It is definitely a step in the direction.

“It is a small step but a step nonetheless. Now we just need them switched back on for good.”

County councillor Guy McGregor, who is responsible for street lighting, said: “This is a perfect example of how the system is flexible and can be adjusted to suit the needs of communities at specific times of the year.”

Lights will remain on all night on December 23–25 and December 31. Between December 26 and December 30, they will be left on until 1am. Today Mr Chittock is set to discuss his concerns at a full county council meeting.