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Street lighting - Big Plans, Bright Future

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A three year programme is underway which will see the Council invest around £14million on new street lighting. On completion it will generate projected savings of approximately £1.8million per year from reduced energy and maintenance costs.

The savings will come from reduced energy and maintenance costs associated with more efficient and reliable Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and the money saved can then be invested in other services.

The project will see the Council replace almost 28,000 lanterns with modern LED lighting units. All street lighting columns over 25-years-old, around 8,500 in total, will also be replaced.

The replacement programme will start in the wards with the greatest percentage of columns over 40-years-old, in some wards, there are lighting columns over 80-years-old.

Work will be completed in seven phases.

During 2012/13, the energy costs associated with street lighting represented 65 per cent of the Council’s overall energy bill so the introduction of the LEDs will really help the Council dramatically reduce this on-going, long-term expenditure. 

 

Facts and Figures

  • Projected savings of approximately £1.8million per year
  • Almost 28,000 lanterns replaced with modern LED lighting units
  • Around 8,500 street lighting columns over 25-years-old replaced
  • Some columns are over 80-years-old!
  • 65% of the Councils overall energy bill (during 2012/13) was associated with street lighting
  • LED lights have a longer lifespan and are less prone to failure so they don’t need to be replaced as often, which makes them far more environment friendly
  • LED lights are fully recyclable and contain no toxic materials
  • LED lights generate a better quality of light while using a great deal less energy than the current lantern bulbs 

 

When will the work take place?

Phase Time Period Lanterns Only Replacements Column And Lantern Replacements
Phase 1 July – Dec 2014

Roseworth

Western Parishes

Norton South

Hartburn

Stockton Town Centre

Roseworth

Western Parishes

Norton South

Hartburn
Phase 2 Jan – June 2015

Mandale and Victoria

Village

Grangefield

Stockton Town Centre

Mandale and Victoria

Village
Phase 3 July – Dec 2015

Billingham South

Billingham West

Yarm

Stainsby Hill (A)

Grangefield

Billingham South

Billingham West

Yarm
Phase 4 Jan – June 2016

Billingham East

Norton North

Stainsby Hill (B)

Parkfield and Oxbridge

Billingham Central

Stainsby Hill (A)

Billingham East

Norton North

Stainsby Hill (B)

Phase 5 July – Dec 2016

Newtown

Eaglescliffe

Billingham North

Hardwick and Salters Lane

Norton West

Parkfield and Oxbridge

Billingham Central

Newtown

Eaglescliffe

Billingham North

Hardwick and Salters Lane
Phase 6 Jan – June 2017

Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree

Fairfield

Northern Parishes

Ingleby Barwick East

Norton West

Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree

Fairfield

Northern Parishes
Phase 7 July – Dec  2017 Ingleby Barwick West

Ingleby Barwick East

Ingleby Barwick West

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What work will you need to carry out?
Each individual street is subject to a design review to ensure existing column locations allow the best possible levels of illumination. In many areas all we will need to do is remove the existing lantern and replace it with a new LED lantern, which should only take around 20 minutes per replacement. However, in other areas where columns need to be replaced due to age or relocated to give lighting improvements there will be more disruption as it will be necessary to remove the existing column, replace with new in addition to associated cabling, electrical and excavation works. The installation of new street lighting columns may cause some disruption in your street for a few days but we will do all that we can to keep it to a minimum.

How will this work affect me?
Throughout the works we will do everything we can to keep any disruption to a minimum. The work we carry out as highlighted above will not affect the electricity supply into your home.

Will I notice any difference?
Yes. It might take a little time for you to get used to your new LED lighting. You should notice a white light source which allows colours to be more easily identified during the night time. You may also notice that the light is focused downwards rather than spilling into surrounding gardens, driveways or fronts of properties. This makes sure the footpaths and roads are lit to the correct standard.

What makes the LED street lights more reliable?
The existing, old-fashioned lamps are lit by a single bulb – if this fails the light goes out altogether and needs to be replaced. The new LED light source units are made up of multiple light source elements. If one element fails the rest will continue to function. This makes it extremely unlikely that the units will suffer a total light outage, which dramatically reduces costs associated with routine maintenance. They also have a much longer expected lifespan, meaning they will need to be replaced much less frequently.

How can I report a broken streetlight?
To report a faulty or broken streetlight, complete the faulty streetlight online form or during normal office hours call 01642 526769. If the faulty streetlight is due for imminent replacement as part of the programme and does not pose a risk to public safety, the repair may be put on hold.

                                                  Report a faulty streetlight online