Councillors to be asked to approve changes to street lighting system

​Date: 25/11/2014

Councillors meeting on the December 2 will be asked to approve a plan to improve the efficiency of street lighting across the district and significantly reduce future street lighting energy bills.

Members of the Cabinet will consider a three-year plan to replace streetlights with LED lights, which are more energy efficient and require less maintenance.

The proposal would also see the introduction of a new high-tech system to monitor when streetlights need maintenance, and would also enable lighting levels to be varied at different times of the night.

The Council has seen the cost of street lighting rise from just under one million pounds in 2009, up to £2.3million in 2013. If the existing system stays in place, the estimated energy cost would rise to £3.1 million by 2019/20. The new scheme would reduce energy costs to an estimated £1.25 million a year by 2019/20.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "In this tough economic climate where the Council will need to save £38 million next year, we are looking carefully at all our services and how can get the best value for money.

"This is a good way of looking to the future and saving on our energy costs in the long term."

Street lighting represents 48 percent of the Council's electricity use, excluding that used by schools.

The report highlights how introducing LED lights will also reduce the Council's carbon footprint, helping it to meet government targets.