Have your say on street light decision

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Have your say

THERE is still time to vote in our poll on the future of street lighting in Bury St Edmunds.

You have until Tuesday to have a say on whether you are prepared to pay more Council Tax to keep the lights on at night – from July, Suffolk County Council began switching some off from midnight to cut costs.

Now, Cllr David Nettleton, vice-chairman of Bury Town Council, is keen to find out how the public feel about the issue, so the council can discuss whether to increase its Council Tax precept to fund a switch-on.

Cllr Nettleton said: “I want to find out the views of the people of Bury on turning off the street lights between midnight and 5.30am. Are they in favour or against?

“If they want them turned back on, they have got to pay – this poll is just asking them what they want. ”

In Bury, turning the street lights back on would cost, at current energy prices, an estimated £54,500 a year, although energy prices are expected to increase over the next few years. To fund a switch-on, Band D homes could be asked for an extra contribution of about 45p per month.

To enter the poll, use the coupon, right, message us on Facebook or email yes or no to news@buryfreepress.co.uk

The council will not be bound by the result but its finance committee will discuss it on December 7, after which it will be published.