Street lighting Policy
A revised street lighting policy, which aims to provide the most cost effective
and efficient service, and minimise the Council’s carbon footprint, will be
discussed by Cabinet on Tuesday (21 April).
Flintshire County Council owns and maintains over 20,000 street lights and
3,250 illuminated signs across the County. It also maintains trunk road
lighting on behalf of Welsh Government.
The annual consumption of electricity for all these units is currently
approximately £864,000 a year.
New technical advancements in the industry mean that options to change how
street lighting is managed and delivered are now possible. These advancements
are helping the Council to achieve its aim and commitment to reduce its energy
consumption and carbon footprint. These include installing energy saving
equipment and low energy lighting units for all replacements.
The revised policy has been devised following consultation with County
Councillors, and town and community councils. It will introduce an extension to
the part night street lighting. It is proposed to turn off street lights in
selected areas between midnight and 5am.
Standard response times for repairing Flintshire County Council street lighting
faults are being amended to 10 working days. The exception to this are
locations which have been risk assessed such as vulnerable areas (for example,
sheltered housing, CCTV and other defined critical sites), where the standard
time will remain as three working days.
The Council will also reduce its night time inspection regime. It currently
carries out evening inspections to identify faults on a 14 day cycle, but this
will be extended to 28 days.
As well as providing energy efficiencies and carbon reduction savings these
measures are expected to see a potential saving of £50,000 per year once fully
Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment,
“The overall objective of the Council’s street lighting policy is to manage and
maintain a safe and efficient street lighting network that ensures the safety
of all – helping to improve driver behaviour, reduce crime and promote a safer
“Plans to reduce street lighting resource and introduce part night street
lighting were agreed as part of the budget setting proposals, to help us in our
challenge to find significant financial savings. We are grateful to the County,
town and community councillors who attended the workshops and provided feedback
on these revisions; these have been incorporated into the new policy.”