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5th January 2012 People who want to find out more about Gloucestershire County Council's street lighting projects in Yorkley and Whitecroft, can go along to two open meetings on Thursday 12th January 2012.

Gloucestershire County Council has organised two open meetings for residents of Yorkley and Whitecroft in the Forest of Dean to come along and find out more about our street light project.

Lesley Smith, one of the council's street lighting team, will be speaking at an open consultation meeting on 12th January 2012 hosted at Yorkley Village Hall between 6 - 7pm, to discuss plans for Viney Hill and Yorkley.

Another meeting will be held afterwards at Whitecroft Memorial Hall between 7.30 - 8.30pm on the same day, to discuss plans for Whitecroft and Pillowell.

Lesley will be explaining all about the part night lighting schemes and the dimming project and inviting questions from members of the public and parish councillors. She will also be collecting expressions of interest from parishes that want to get involved in the schemes.

Lesley said: "So far the feedback we have had from parishes that have chosen to get involved in the schemes has been really positive.

"The results speak for themselves, we know what we're doing is making a real difference, both environmentally and financially.

"Some people may be sceptical about lights being dimmed or switched off, but each scheme is bespoke and tailored to the needs of the parish and we wouldn't do anything people weren't happy with.

"This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to know more about the schemes to come along and have a chat with me."

To date the council has converted 87 rural parishes and market towns to part night lighting.

This means 6,820 street lights have been converted giving a total saving 470 tonnes of carbon dioxide and £71,387.

In addition 9,540 high wattage lamps have been converted to dim after peak traffic hours.

During July of this year, Gloucestershire County Council took the next step in its streetlighting scheme by looking at introducing energy efficiency street lighting projects in urban areas.

The council spoke with Cheltenham Borough Council and since then a number of parishes have contacted them wanting to find out more about the scheme.

Gloucestershire Police have commented on the proposals regarding safety for pedestrians and motorists and they have confirmed our schemes are safe.

Gloucestershire's scheme has being hailed as best practise by other councils across the UK with 24 local authorities asking for information on our projects.

It has also been praised by the County Surveyors' Society, which represents local authority chief officers and was shortlisted for a Guardian Public Sector Service awards.

Gloucestershire was also used as a case study for a report into local authority street lighting initiatives produced by Defra.