Council to make £8.2m lights switch

17/10/2013
Highways Reporters



North East Lincolnshire Council has embarked on an £8.2m project that will see the borough’s street lights upgraded using more cost-effective state-of-art LED technology.




The council’s development services regeneration partnership is set to replace 16,500 traditional street lamps with low energy LED lights during the next two years.

Cllr Ray Oxby, portfolio holder for environment and housing, said: “Updating the borough’s street lighting is a huge task that will reap many benefits for both residents and the council.“The council spends £3-million a year on electricity across its estate, so this project will make a significant contribution to our overall savings targets, and also a big impact on our carbon reduction targets.

“Lower running costs means we will limit the impact of rising energy costs that we are all seeing. But there are also wider social benefits, such as making the area more attractive and making people feel safer.”

Jason Longhurst, Head of Development Services at the council, said: “These plans will deliver a state-of-the-art, technically robust and sustainable solution to street lighting in North East Lincolnshire.

“Street lighting is the council’s most significant cost in terms of energy and switching to LED lamps is an effective way of substantially cutting that cost.

“This 18-month programme will see 16,500 streetlights in the area upgraded to cutting edge technology in one programme, making North East Lincolnshire a national leader.

“Recent advances in technology have increased the performance of LED lighting and reduced the cost of them so that they are now a viable economic alternative for a large-scale project to deliver savings.”

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