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Council makes light work of LED street light roll out

Published
22.08.2016

Gloucestershire County Council is continuing its roll out of LED street lighting.

Work to upgrade streetlights with the more efficient and better quality lamps began in Cheltenham in May, following on from Gloucester, and now works have started in Tewkesbury.

Residents in Stroud can expect work to start this Autumn, with the Forest of Dean roll out due to start early in the new year.

The county-wide upgrade of street lighting is expected to save around £17m over the next twelve years, as well as help the council to meet its carbon reduction target.

Modern LED lighting uses up to 70 per cent less energy than conventional sodium lights, offering a much longer life span and reducing maintenance costs.

The plan is to replace approximately 55,000 streetlights across the county over three years, with the work starting in November last year.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "I'm really pleased with the progress we're making in bringing these new street lights to the county.

"There are so many benefits to using LED lighting. They're more environmentally friendly, decrease light pollution, offer a better quality of light and a 70 per cent reduction in energy usage.

"They're great for communities because they produce a brighter, clearer light that makes people feel safe at night, and of course they'll save us all lot of money."

Each household will receive a letter before work begins in their area.

To find out more information about LED street lighting, and to give us your feedback, please go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/LEDSL

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