ENERGY saving lighting in areas of Warwickshire is set to begin ahead of schedule.
In a report to Cabinet on Thursday (October 18), councillors will consider bringing forward the first phase of the switch to part-night street lighting to December 1 to begin making early financial and carbon emission savings.
The new technology is being installed ahead of schedule by the county council, allowing the authority to start implementing the energy savings earlier than the original April 2013 target date.
On December 1, Warwick will be the first area to switch street lights off between midnight and 5.30am, followed by Nuneaton and Bedworth and Rugby next February, and North Warwickshire and Stratford in April.
Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transport, said: “We have installed the new switching technology ahead of schedule and I am asking Cabinet to approve early implementation of the part-night operation so that we can begin making budget and carbon emission savings from December 1.
“It makes sense to bring the timetable forward rather than sit and wait for April to arrive, and by doing this we will save our taxpayers £102,000 plus a reduction of 551 tonnes of carbon.
“Many local authorities across the country are successfully introducing similar part-night schemes and residents should be reassured that we will constantly monitor and review local situations as we proceed.”
The installation of a new Central Management System to control the lights will mean that in the case of an emergency, such as road traffic collision or an area search, the police will be able to request the lights to be switched on for the duration of the incident.
Places not affected by the changes include highway hotspots such as roundabouts, traffic signal controlled junctions, central carriageway islands, traffic calming features, pedestrian crossings and areas adjacent to elderly people care homes, sheltered accommodation complexes and A&E hospitals.
Areas covered by CCTV cameras, lighting adjacent to operational taxi ranks, and on public footpaths, alleyways and cycle paths which are located away from roads, will also remain lit.
The county council currently spends £2.2 million a year on energy for street lighting. It is anticipated that operating street lighting on a part-night basis for 80 per cent of Warwickshire’s 49,500 street lights will save the authority £500,000 a year. These measures will also reduce Warwickshire County Council’s CO2 emissions by approximately 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
For further details on part-night operation and to see if the lighting outside your property is affected by the changes, visit the website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/partnightlighting