Council to fork out £6million on new LED street lights

LED streetlights, similar to these pictured, are to be installed in Thurrock over the next twi years

LED streetlights, similar to these pictured, are to be installed in Thurrock over the next twi years

First published in News Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

STREETLAMPS across Thurrock are to be replaced by LED lights over the next two years.

Thurrock Council's cabinet is expected to agree the move when it meets on Wednesday, August 13 with a potential saving of over half a million pound annually.

It will borrow £6million to switch the borough's 17,000 stree lights with "light emitting diode" lamps, which are brighter and use less electricity.

The council's portfolio holder for transportation, Cllr Andy Smith, says: "Unlike our friends in Essex we have never seriously considered shutting off street lights at night.

"Instead we've looked at ways we can keep the streets safe by keeping the lights on and save money and this is it.

"We're planning to borrow £6 million to convert each of the 17,000 and more streetlamps. The saving in electricity bills and future maintenance exceeds the cost repayments - a great example of investing to save."

He added: "As well as the savings advantages, these lights are also a brighter white in comparison to the traditional orange lights and they also reduce light pollution - although our proximity to London and the night workings at the ports means there are still light pollutions issues here.

"We will keep the streets well lit and safe for pedestrians and drivers, reducing the chance of accidents and crime."

Cllr Smith said: "People may have noticed that over the past year or so we have been carrying out a small scale programme converting some things like Belisha beacons at zebra crossings and other street furniture, as well as replacing broken or damaged street lamps with LED lights.

"This is another example of the innovative way Thurrock works to make savings. Instead of slashing services people rely on we work carefully to find ways to provide services in new and different way, saving money at the same time.

"It's not always possible and as the funding reductions bite deeper it's going to be even more difficult, but at Thurrock we are determined to do our best to keep the impact of cuts on local people to the least we can."

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5:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

G.Fawkes says...

Great! It will now cost less to light the pothole you just fell down.
Great! It will now cost less to light the pothole you just fell down. G.Fawkes
  • Score: 7

5:44pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

Switching the lights off is fine by me. It doesn't increase criminality - burglars like say time when no-one is at home.
Switching the lights off is fine by me. It doesn't increase criminality - burglars like say time when no-one is at home. Jack222
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5:48pm Tue 5 Aug 14

dave42 says...

This is good and make common sense, but have they thought about when the lamp post in attached to your house outside your bedroom the lamp is to bright.
This is good and make common sense, but have they thought about when the lamp post in attached to your house outside your bedroom the lamp is to bright. dave42
  • Score: 7

11:40am Wed 6 Aug 14

LittleTel1 says...

£6m to change some street lights? Seems a bit steep to me. A very basic calculation shows that that equals £62k a week to change 180 lights. Nice work if you can get it.
£6m to change some street lights? Seems a bit steep to me. A very basic calculation shows that that equals £62k a week to change 180 lights. Nice work if you can get it. LittleTel1
  • Score: 0

2:13pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PTwine says...

Has anyone from the council looked into photochemical risk to the eye from LED lighting as it is reported to being harmful and dangerous for the retina, as a result of cellular oxidative stress........
Has anyone from the council looked into photochemical risk to the eye from LED lighting as it is reported to being harmful and dangerous for the retina, as a result of cellular oxidative stress........ PTwine
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paul_Grays says...

And has this 500k per year saving been properly audited. I wouldnt be surprised if I was commisioned by a interest group with shares in the lighting supplier. We all remember being told of savings in the past that never materialised.
And has this 500k per year saving been properly audited. I wouldnt be surprised if I was commisioned by a interest group with shares in the lighting supplier. We all remember being told of savings in the past that never materialised. Paul_Grays
  • Score: 1

3:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

Hold on we have Labour doom-mongering that Thurrock is facing £50 million of cuts and here they are replacing street lights with decades of life left in them by putting Thurrock in yet more debt by borrowing £6 million more.

Does anybody have any figures of the total amount of money Thurrock is in debt to and how much per year Thurrock Council pays in interest payments?

If your income is cut your savings are dwindling it is the politics of the madhouse to borrow yet more money and get yourself into yet more debt!!!

Remember folks it is you who will be paying for this folly for decades to come with higher and higher Council Tax payments.
Hold on we have Labour doom-mongering that Thurrock is facing £50 million of cuts and here they are replacing street lights with decades of life left in them by putting Thurrock in yet more debt by borrowing £6 million more. Does anybody have any figures of the total amount of money Thurrock is in debt to and how much per year Thurrock Council pays in interest payments? If your income is cut your savings are dwindling it is the politics of the madhouse to borrow yet more money and get yourself into yet more debt!!! Remember folks it is you who will be paying for this folly for decades to come with higher and higher Council Tax payments. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 3

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