Part-time lights to save £1m over three years


Published 21 October 2014


The Vale of Glamorgan Council is changing its street lighting policy in a bid to reduce its CO2 emissions and save money.


The proposal to introduce part-night lighting and reduce energy consumption was agreed by Cabinet on Monday 20 October, and will see the hours that street lights are lit changed to between dusk and midnight, and again from 6am until dawn.


Almost a third of the Council’s street lights will be LED by the end of this financial year and there are currently no plans to reduce the lighting times of these units due to their increased efficiency. This position will however be subject to review, with unmetered energy supply prices forecast to continue to rise above inflation over time.


The total energy costs for the last financial year amounted to just over £900,000, including all street lights, road furniture, and traffic signals. The existing LED lighting programme and part-night lighting will reduce this by over a third, with estimated savings of £370,000 a year.


The move will also reduce the Council’s CO2 emissions by 1338 tonnes, making a vast contribution to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme introduced in 2014.


Main road lighting will be subject to a risk assessment to determine whether they remain lit all night or are converted to part night lighting. Lighting in areas of high night time activity, such as town centres and busy junctions and areas of CCTV operation will remain unchanged to ensure safety.


Cllr Rob Curtis, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Not only will the use of LED technology and part-night lighting help to save a significant amount of money over the next few years, which is essential, it will also have huge environmental benefits for the area.


“We would like to reassure those who may be worried about part-night lighting that we will be having detailed discussions with our emergency service partners to ensure all risk assessments are vigorous and comprehensive, to ensure that all areas remain safe.”