Stoke-on-Trent City Council is investing £7.8 million in LED street lighting – saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year on electricity costs, maintenance and carbon tax. A total of 27,500 lamp heads are being replaced across the city over the next two years, with the first wave being rolled out in March.
The new longer-lasting lamps require less maintenance, use less electricity, and create a brighter ‘white light’ which improves visibility. They are also designed to direct light down onto the road more effectively, reducing light pollution into properties. Taxpayers can enjoy predicted savings of £830,000 per year on energy and maintenance costs, as well as carbon taxes, once the programme is completed.
Cllr Jack Brereton, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at the city council, said: “I’m delighted that we are starting works to install 27,500 new LED lights across the city. This is a significant investment in modern ‘smart’ technology which delivers the best value for residents. LED street lights create a brighter light on roads and pavements, cost less energy to run and require less maintenance. This will save a significant amount of money each year from the public purse, while improving the service delivered.
“The council has already run an LED pilot scheme on seven streets in Stoke which was very successful and well received by residents. This scheme will give us state-of-the-art lighting across the city.”
LEDs are more reliable than the existing street lighting and have an estimated service life of 10 to 20 years. The improved reliability will result in fewer faults and therefore less disruption to the network, which would otherwise require repair visits.
The city council is also installing a central management system (CMS) which will allow the lights to be controlled remotely. Engineers can use this technology to identify faulty LEDs, and respond much more quickly when there are problems. Goldenhill, Sandyford, Trentham Abbey Hulton, Bucknall and Hollybush will be among the first areas to receive the new lights.
Tom Simpson, secretary of Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents’ Association, said: “In areas I’ve been to where LED lighting has been installed I think it looks 100 per cent better compared to normal street lights.
“The lights are more efficient and in the long run it is going to be more cost effective which is a good thing. It’s nice to see Sandyford and Goldenhill being the first area to benefit but also pleasing to see it’s something being rolled out across the city, too.”
The council is delivering the scheme in partnership with SSE Enterprise Lighting Services.
Mark Bramhall, regional director for SSE Enterprise Contracting, said: “Our relationship with Stoke-on-Trent City Council has evolved over a 13-year period into a trusting and valued partnership that has enabled a collaborative approach which will ensure the successful and timely delivery of the new LED scheme.”
Jon Bailey, Director of PFIs for SSE Contracting, further added that “This project demonstrates that SSE can deliver significant benefits to tax payers, the environment and local authorities by working in innovative partnerships with them.”