Street lights to stay in Auchenblae

Auchenblae’s street lights will remain lit up on a permanent basis, after councillors backed plans to formally reinstate the switch-on.

The lights were fully reinstated by Aberdeenshire Council the week before Christmas, until councillors were able to consider a report at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week.

There was no discussion required at the meeting, with members agreeing unanimously to the proposal.

The report said: “Six villages in Aberdeenshire had part night switch off of their street lighting introduced as part of a trial which commenced in March 2011. The opinions of residents in these villages were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2012.

“In Sandend, the majority of respondents in the 2012 survey indicated that they would prefer to go back to all night burning, and so the part night switching was ended. In Auchenblae, Auchterless, Monymusk, Rora and Sauchen, the majority of respondents indicated that they would prefer to continue with part night switching and so no change was made.”

But in October last year a further survey was taken in Auchenblae, conducted by Mearns Community Council, Auchenblae Community Association and Councillor George Carr, indicated that the majority of Auchenblae residents were keen to see the lights reinstated.

The return to all night burning in Auchenblae will result in an increase of around £1,000 per year in the Council’s expenditure on electricity for street lighting.