Havering Council see the light with energy-saving project

Cllr Rob Benham

Cllr Rob Benham - Credit: Archant

A multi-million pound project will convert 92 per cent of street lights across the borough to energy-saving LED lanterns.

A bright spark at Havering Council came up with the idea to slash the £650,000 electricity bill by more than £450,000 while “significantly reducing carbon emissions”.

Having converted 6,000 of the 18,000 street lights, the council has extended the project to cover another 10,600.

The £2.7m cost will be paid for in part by an interest free government loan, with the rest coming from existing capital budgets and Transport for London (TfL) Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding.

The council believe new lighting will also help residents feel safer and more secure in the dark than the orange light in use now, because the white light of LED lanterns makes it easier to distinguish objects, colours, shapes and other details.

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Cllr Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We know all too well how important it is to make savings at the moment, but this project has multiple benefits - it’s better for the environment and improves safety too. I’m really pleased we’re able to roll it out across the borough for more residents.”

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The remaining eight per cent of lanterns are not being converted because they are in conservation areas.

Residents who feel that the new lights are too bright and glaring directly into their homes can contact the council, which will assess the angle and may fit a shield to deflect the light.

What do you think about the LED street lights? Contact Sam on 020 8477 3810 or email sam.gelder@archant.co.uk.

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