An increasing number of councils are now turning off street lights between midnight and 5am in built-up areas. In some areas (like mine) this means it is now impossible to walk outside after midnight without a torch. The councils claim that the move will save thousands of pounds a year, yet the cost of modifying the streetlights means that in some cases, it will be years before savings are actually seen.
My own local council has spent millions on various projects this year, so I don't accept that they 'need' to turn off the lights to save a claimed £180K a year (minus the cost of modifying the streetlights). People feel trapped in their homes at night and, should you dare to go out in the evening, you need to be back before midnight, carry a torch, use a taxi or drive. As taxpayers, I think the council should have asked for our opinion and abided by it.
So what do you all think? Is it reasonable for the councils to plunge built up areas into total darkness between midnight and 5am?