A programme to convert all of the Caerphilly county borough’s street lanterns to LED and implement part night lighting will continue after receiving approval at a full council meeting on Tuesday 6 October.
Cllr Kevin Etheridge and a number of councillors tabled a Notice of Motion to review the decision to switch off street lighting following complaints received from residents.
In 2018, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet endorsed a programme to implement LED installation and part night lighting between the hours of midnight and 5.30am, to all lighting, except at junctions and in major town centres.
Caerphilly county borough has 27,300 street lights in total, and the programme to convert the lanterns to LED (Light Emitting Diode) and implement part-night lighting (between midnight and 5.30am) to 22,698 lights began in April 2019. So far, some 14,200 (63%) of the lights across the borough have been converted and the remainder are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
While costing around £4.2 million to implement in total, the council has been successful in obtaining Salix funding to the tune of £4.1 million, which is interest free funding to the public sector. This programme of works is an ‘invest to save’ model, which upon repayment of the funding, is anticipated to save around £939,840 a year.
Just as significantly, the works will also generate carbon savings of 2,836 tonnes a year for the council.
“Cllr John Ridgewell, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Infrastructure said, “The LED conversion and part-night lighting decision was made with cross party support and forms an important component of our environmental commitments and the declaration of a climate emergency for us to become carbon neutral by 2030.
I recognise that people naturally have concerns about crime and the security of their homes but want to reassure residents that the statistics tell a different story.
Nationally research continues to show that there is no increase in crime as a result of the introduction of part night lighting while our ongoing dialogue with the Police indicates that any increase in crime is perceived rather than actual. This reflects the national findings that levels of crime have not altered during the period of the street lighting switch off.
More information on part-night lighting and conversion to LED can be found at www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetlighting.