Could the last person turn off the lights in Hailsham please!

Half of Hailsham’s street lights could be switched off early if the cash-strapped county council gets its way.

East Sussex County Council is proposing to turn off 50 per cent of the town’s street lights across the town between 12.30 and 5.30am.

Lights will be ‘dimmed’ on some main roads, and turned off completely elsewhere.

Bulbs will also be replaced with energy-efficient lights.

The council said the controversial changes will save money and will not put people in danger.

Streetlights have been going out all over the country as councils attempt to save money by plunging towns and villages into darkness.

Today (Friday October 5) Hailsham residents have the chance to make their views known at an open day hosted at Hailsham Town Council’s HQ in Market Street.

A council spokesperson said, “The county council is turning off some street lights between 12.30am and 5.30am, reducing by 5o per cent the number of street lights operating between 12.30am and 5.30am in some larger residential roads; and dimming lights on main roads across the county.

“These changes will only affect street lighting between midnight and the early hours.

“Some existing lights will also be replaced with lower wattage, more energy efficient lights..”

People who live, visit or work in Hailsham, are invited to come along and see the maps of streets affected on display at the Hailsham Town Council Offices, between 9.30am and 12.30pm today.

Residents will also be able to find all the information and make comments online at between 5 October and 22 October.

Information and comment forms will also be available.

Councillor Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said, “We know local people are likely to have comments, so we are holding these events so you can tell us your views.

“You will be able to see detailed maps of your area.

“We will also publish the plans on our website.

“If you have concerns about a specific street, we would like you to tell us what they are.

“We will consider your comments together with other information we have about the area before any final decisions are made.

“The pilot schemes in other areas seem to have been well-received by residents and businesses in the area, and the local police say there has been no increase in incidents reported to them.

We know each town or village will have different needs, so it is really important you come along, look at the proposals and talk through your concerns or issues with our staff.”

The council has said it must make spending cuts but wants to do it “as painlessly as possible.”

It said the proposal will also reduce the council’s carbon emissions.