A multi-million pound investment project into energy efficient LED units across all of Wirral’s street lights is set to save up to £700,000 in its first three years.
Wirral’s Council’s Cabinet have approved a £4.6 million interest free loan from not-for-profit company SALIX that will kick start this huge investment project to replace all streetlights across Wirral with LED lights over the next three years, saving energy as well as money.
The investment will see more than 27,000 street lamps replaced over a three year programme that builds on work in 2015/16 when the Council replaced over 7500 lights with LED lighting.
Investment will also be made into replacing over 9000 street lighting columns after an inspection of all 35,000 columns took place to identify broken and damaged columns and check if they are suitable to house the new LED lighting. Some of the columns inspected were over 60 years old. In March of this year Cabinet approved £5.95 million of Council capital funding to replace street lighting columns and today Cabinet authorised officers to press ahead with the procurement process to replace all 9235 street lighting columns.
Replacing these units will result in annual savings on maintenance through long term warranties. In addition LED street lighting units are more economical, more energy efficient and longer-lasting than the old sodium equivalents, while inbuilt technology within the LED units also allows centralised dimming during certain times of the night.
Councillor Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said, “This investment is fantastic news for every Wirral resident. Through imaginative and ambitious thinking we are now in a position to confirm every single street lamp in Wirral will be replaced with a new, energy efficient LED light.”
“Investment in our street lighting infrastructure ensures we are getting the basics right for our residents while moving towards a modern, energy efficient and more reliable street lighting network that is fit for the future.“
“This also brings benefits which are almost immeasurable: it will help reduce crime, help people feel safer, make transport easier, attract investment and economic growth and create jobs. It is also much better for the environment, with the new lights providing more light while using less power.”
“This news has already been well received by residents and now I look forward to seeing the programme swing into action. This represents a £11 million investment in improving Wirral, it is a huge commitment and one which I know residents will welcome.”
With a further £750,000 investment to be made to repair or replace bollards, damaged signs and install other safety features the total investment of £11m represents the largest single investment in street lighting and road safety in Wirral for more than 10 years. The scheme marks a move towards more environmentally-minded local assets as part of the council’s Wirral Together initiative.
As part of the council’s commitment to replacing every street light with LED units by the end of April 2021, the council has signed up to the ‘Lighten Up’ pledge. The campaign is led by climate action group, 10:10, and encouraged local authorities to follow suit and commit to switching to more energy efficient lighting.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Tue, 17 Jul 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk