The Councils scheme to save £100k a year, over the next 3 years, by dimming street lights in this area, is now underway.
The idea from the Tories at the Town Hall, will see street lights in residential areas reduced by 20% between 9.30pm and 5am.
Street lights on traffic routes will be dimmed by 20% between 9pm and midnight, and by 40% between midnight and 5am.
The Council say, “street lighting in subways would not be dimmed at all,” – Although having the lights actually working on underpasses is a bonus!
The Tories claim, that this move will save the council money and reduce the energy used.
Thing is ……..
- In the latest Council Press Release, they state, upgrading its street lights (25,000 in total) to LED bulbs, “will save the council £10million over 20 years.” BUT, in 2016, in the official Skanska statement on the works, it claimed, the council hoped “to be able to make financial savings of £25 million over 20 years.” – So the money saved, has somehow declined by £15m over the last couple of years???
- Also, in the Skanska LED Lighting brochure, it pointed out several benefits to the LED lights, none of which related to turning them down?
- A few years ago, the Conservative controlled Council, turned off one in three lights on the parkways. Then when they tried to turn them back on, they were all knackered and needed replacing, resulting in thousands and thousands of pounds in repair costs.
What does Daren think?
Whilst, I am well up for the idea of saving energy, protecting the environment etc I’m not well up for Tories at the Town Hall, putting hard working local residents in this area at risk!
Decent street lighting is a well known crime deterrent, in this area, we have a good number of posties, care workers, dog walkers and parents/children who actually make use of cycle paths and foot-ways. So the idea that these routes will be less lit, does give me some worries.
If the local Tories are serious about the environment, I’d like to see them moving to 100% renewable energy, investing in buses, cycling and electric cars, and making all housing energy efficient to reduce fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.
What do you think? Let me know below ……