A street lighting replacement programme for 2019 to 2022 was presented to Barnsley Council’s Cabinet members today.
The proposed programme aims to replace 8,480 inefficient old lanterns with energy efficient LED units. Column testing and replacement will also be done to provide a greater lifespan and future proof the street lighting.
The cost of electricity for the lighting columns has been increasing yearly. The last street lighting replacement programme carried out between 2014 – 2017 changed over 19,000 lanterns to LED efficient units. This saved £376,000 in the first 14 months following completion. The latest plan is expected to make further energy savings for the council anticipated to be around £400,000.
Consultations and a notice of works will be promoted with area councils, local members and residents as appropriate.
Cllr Roy Miller, Council Spokesperson for Place, said: “We have over 33,000 street lights in Barnsley, and almost 9,000 of these are lighting for main traffic routes. The remaining lights are based throughout residential roads in the borough.
"The street light investment programme will offer suitability for the longer term and deliver a quality highway asset by repairing and maintaining the network. It will also help us to provide a safer and better experience for highway users.”
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
This theme doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.