LED street lights will save Essex CC £24m…but night lighting scheme will remain
About £24million will be saved over 20 years by installing energy-efficient LED street lamps,Essex County Council has said – but it has no intention of reversing its controversial part-night lighting scheme.
The authority is expected to approve plans to spend more than £9million on LED bulbs at a cabinet meeting next Tuesday.
But the replacement scheme will only apply to those lights which currently remain on throughout the night.
It means about 19,000 sodium street lamps will be replaced with more efficient equivalents, amounting to about 14 per cent of lights across the county.
The council rolled out its part-night lighting scheme across the county in 2013 and 2014, claiming it would save £1million per year by turning the majority of lights off between midnight and 5am.
It has since revised the policy, with all lights now remaining switched on for an extra hour, until 1am, six nights per week.
Kerry Smith, county councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, has campaigned for LED lights to be installed across Essex.