Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Council Say More Efficient Lighting Will Be Installed


Council working hard on streetlight repair programme

Central Bedfordshire Council is working hard to replace streetlights across the area with new, more efficient and longer-lasting lights.

The lights, which are designed to improve visibility, are being introduced across Central Bedfordshire in an annual programme of replacement works.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Sustainable Communities, Services, said: “It is great news that the lights we’re now installing are much more efficient and should help improve visibility in areas that need it. The problem lies in the fact that the old lanterns – which have a more orange colour to them – are quite old and are failing at a faster rate than we anticipated.

“This does mean that sometimes there is a slightly longer wait until the light is fixed or replaced. Basic repairs are taking around 10 days, but full replacement of the lights depends very much on where others have failed and it is sometimes taking around 20 days. We’re very sorry about the delay; the level of faults is exceeding our ability to be able to be there quickly and fix them.

“Of course all lights in the area are important, but we are trying to prioritise lights in particularly busy areas, or along key traffic routes and hotspots. We’re also doing our best to make sure areas that might prove a risk to the public if the lights are out are replaced as a matter of urgency. We have increased our repair teams working in certain areas to deal with this and are working flat out to keep up.”

People can report faulty lights by visiting www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/do-it-online and filling out an online form, emailing highways@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or, if you believe the damage to the street light is likely to cause damage or injury, call 0300 300 8049.

There are around 22,500 streetlights across the area. The old lights (SOX lanterns) are failing because of their age and failures cannot be predicted.