Hillingdon Council reported that it had begun an “ambitious £5.2 million project to upgrade all street light bulbs with LED lighting in council-owned streets across the borough”.
The council claimed the move will improve security and safety for residents and will have a positive effect on the environment, as well as cutting energy consumption and costs.
The project will involve replacing 23,000 lamps and 700 concrete lamp columns across the borough.
An increasing number of councils have already changed current bulbs to LEDs, including Kent County Council and Harrow Council. Not only do LEDs use roughly 75% less energy, they also last 25 times longer than the current bulbs used, according to Energy.Gov statistics.
Councillor Keith Burrows (Conservative, Uxbridge South), Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Recycling at Hillingdon Council said that “the programme is to be more cost effective to the council with efficient saving on energy whilst providing much better lighting than the current lamps used.”
Cllr Burrows has also confirmed that the programme will take over a year; however, and two roads close to Brunel University London, Hinton Road and Myddleton Road, have already been completed.
Councillor Jas Dhot, (Labour, Barnhill) part of the Residents & Environmental Services Policy Overview Committee, said that, while it is a big investment, “it will be cost saving in the future as these bulbs have got a longer life.”
Councillor Michael White (Conservative, Cavendish), Chairman of Residents and Environmental Services at Hillingdon Council, agrees with the Council’s decision and added: “Unlike other councils, Hillingdon does not turn off lights to save money, but by installing new LED lights we do save council taxpayers' money and at the same reduce light pollution.”
Some authorities, such as Surrey County Council, dim their lights or turn them off completely, Cllr White pointed out.
Local resident, John Murrell, 71, Peerless Drive, Harefield said: “I think it will be a better idea. They are far, far better and more efficient.” His wife, Sandra Murrell, 54, added: “It’s a good idea, but there’s no money. Let’s be honest national health, schools, social care are more important.”
Matthew Anderson, 20, of Heritage Close, Uxbridge, said: “Obviously LED is a very important matter but the scale of implementation is not significant enough to have an impact and the money could be invested in more appropriate areas.”
The work will be carried out over an 18-month period by Civil and Electrical Firm, McCann, which will also maintain all 25,000 street lights, subways, illuminated signs, bollards and zebra crossings owned by the council boroughwide during the next five years.
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