Stockton Council’s £14 million programme to install super-efficient street lighting across the Borough is under way.
Today (7 July) works started in Roseworth and the replacement programme is also set to start in four more wards by the end of this year.
In a period of just over three years, 28,000 lanterns will be replaced with modern LED lighting units. All street lighting columns over 25 years old will also be replaced. Once complete the scheme will generate projected savings of around £1.8 million a year.
The scheme is split into seven phases with the wards with the greatest percentage of columns over 40 years old commencing first.
Some areas will only need lantern replacements but others will also involve the addition, reduction or replacement of street lighting columns.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “This scheme is yet another example of how we can work towards the savings we need to make in the long term while also making sure Stockton Borough remains a fantastic place to live, work and learn.
“The new LEDs generate a better quality of light, have a longer lifespan, use less energy than the current bulbs, are fully recyclable and contain no toxic materials which makes them far more environmentally friendly.”
Valmont Stainton Limited based on Teesside Industrial Estate will manufacture the street lighting columns.
Stainton Lighting Design Services Limited, also located on Teesside Industrial Estate, have won the design contract. They will be responsible for redesigning individual streets to ensure the lighting columns are strategically placed so streets are lit to the British Standard.
Councillor Mike Smith, added: “I’m delighted that local businesses have been appointed as it means that the project is not only helping the Council to generate savings, it is also supporting the local supply chain and safeguarding jobs in Stockton Borough too.
“As with any scheme of this nature, there will be some disruption but we will do all we can to keep to a minimum.”
The following wards are in Phase 1. Works on both lantern replacements and column replacements should start in each of these wards before the end of the year:
- Western Parishes
- Norton South
- Stockton Town Centre
Visit www.stockton.gov.uk/streetlighting for full details of the programme.