A £250,000 scheme to help light up streets with energy saving technology is set to take shape.
LED (light emitting diode) street lights, which will cut the council’s energy bill on streets where they are fitted by up to 60 per cent, are set to be installed in Bloxwich to replace tired old models such as those in Tintern Crescent. Mossley (see picture above).
More than 500 street lights are to be replaced by partners Walsall Public Lighting Ltd – a consortium made up of Amey and John Laing – as part of the project.
The LED technology inside the lights are more environmentally friendly, and will reduce costs and improve safety. As well as the savings in energy bills, the new lights cut carbon emissions by up to 60 per cent.
The lamps, which reduce light pollution into people’s homes, are clearer, allow a wider spectrum of colours to be seen and facial features to be distinguished. As a result, in other areas where these lights have been installed, such as neighbouring Birmingham, people have reported feeling safer. This is not achievable with traditional lighting, which can create an orange glow and makes colours indistinguishable.
Operators will also have the ability to remotely control the brightness of the lamps, according to local conditions. This could include making an area brighter after a road traffic collision to assist emergency services.
Councillor Tom Ansell, Walsall Council cabinet member for transport, said: “This is an excellent scheme.
“Electricity prices are soaring and will continue to soar.
“Special LED lights are far more efficient and are clearer than the old lights we currently have on these streets.
“Some of the lighting in Bloxwich that we are replacing is a quarter of a century old which isn’t ideal and could do with being be replaced.”
John Laing Senior Investment Manager, David Bradbury, said: “This is an important scheme for the communities living in Bloxwich and for the Council; LED lamps are far more efficient and will help to reduce the cost of energy and the ‘carbon foot print’ of the project whist continuing to provide the required level of illumination.
Kevin Grigg, Amey operations manager in Walsall, said: “The energy savings, carbon reduction and virtual elimination of light pollution which LED lights deliver are great news for people living in Bloxwich and we are delighted to be working with Walsall Council and John Laing to deliver this scheme.”
Work is set to start at the end of March and take until the end of April to be completed.
Streets where lamps will be replaced include Aldeburgh Close, Alnwick Road, Astbury Close, Belfry Close and Birkdale Road.
Also to be replaced is street lighting in Booth Street, Burslem Close, Churston Close, Cleeve Road, Cleeve Way, Colliery Drive and Coxmoor Close.
Elgin Road, Enville Close, Ferndown Close, Formby Way, Foster Street, Ganton Road and Glastonbury Crescent are also on the list.
Replacement lights are set to take shape in Glastonbury Way, Gleneagles Road, Grantown Grove, Haverhill Close, Hollinwell Close, Ingestre Close, Kedleston Close, Lindrick Close, Lytham Grove, Margham Crescent, Margham Terrace, Maxstoke Close, Minewood Close, Moor Park and Muirfield Close.
Also listed for LED lights are Muxloe Close, Nairn Road, Neath Road, Neath Way, Netley Road, Netley Way, Ragley Close, Ralston Close, Redbourn Rd, Roche Road, Roche Way, Saddleworth Road, Sand Banks Flats, Saunton Road, Selsdon Rd, Smith House and Thomas House, Sunningdale Way, on the Sunningdale Way to Formby Way and Saunton Road foot paths, The Berkshire
Tintern Cresecent car park, Tintern Crescent, Turnberry Lane to Carnoustie Close footpath, Turton Close, Vernon Way, Vernon Way to Glastonbury Cresecnt footpath, Walton Heath, Wentworth Road, Werneth Grove, Wetherby Road, Woodbridge Close and Yelverton Close are all listed for replacement street lighting.