Flintshire County Council is revising its current street lighting policy to provide a cost effective and efficient service, and minimise the Council’s carbon footprint.
Flintshire County Council owns and maintains over 21,000 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 in excess of £864,000 a year. The street lighting service has made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint through a range of measures, which has included installing energy saving equipment and low energy lighting units for all replacements.
The revised draft policy will introduce an extension to the part night street lighting – with proposals to turn off street lights in selected non residential areas between midnight and 5am and midnight and 6am in selected residential areas.
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.
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 implemented.
Currently progressing through the Council’s scrutiny process the policy will be presented to Cabinet for approval on 21 April 2015.
The draft policy is available by clicking on this link