POLL: Is street light switch-off a good idea?

Should Harrogate's street lights be switched off?

Should Harrogate's street lights be switched off?

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A blackout has begun in Harrogate and by the end of next week more than half of the town’s street lights will be switched off overnight.

The radical plan will see 4,800 street lights, about 58 per cent of the total number in the town, turned off between midnight and 5am.

The blackout looks set to save North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) a substantial sum, but while the council argues it has been “rigorously” risk-assessed, others fear the darkened streets will prove to be unsafe.

What do you think of the scheme?