By Sam Richardson: Street lights across Staffordshire are expected to be dimmed to just 65 per cent of their full brightness at night, if a county council plan is approved today.
The move could save up to £3.7million on energy costs and £4.5million on maintenance.
Parish councils across Staffordshire are also being asked to identify areas where street lights could be switched off altogether.
Cllr Mike Maryon said that the move will dim the lights to an appropriate level, but some opponents have criticised the plan.
Stafford Borough councillor Rowan Draper told StaffsLive: “I am concerned for safety of residents who may be travelling back home in dark and the way [the council] will consult communities about this.”
The decision will not affect lights in Stoke-on-Trent, which are managed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Cheshire East Council has already trialled the dimming of lights in one area and is expected to consider rolling out the scheme in more places.
County councillors in Staffordshire will meet to decide whether to go ahead with the plans this afternoon.