Over the next two years we will be upgrading over 20,000 street lights with new LED technology. This is part of a £5.2 million Pride in Our Community investment into street lighting across the borough by Telford & Wrekin Council.
LED lighting uses significantly less energy than traditional street lighting lanterns enabling at least a 50% reduction in energy. LED’s are also considerably more reliable meaning a reduction in the number of faults and the cost of maintenance. This reduction in energy use helps the Council reach CO2 reduction targets.
This is an excellent opportunity to improve the quality of street lighting for residents and to deliver significant savings of £420,000 per year by 2018/19. This type of light also considerably reduces the level of pollution as LED's don't contain harmful chemicals found in traditional lights such as mercury and sodium. They also don't emit any ultraviolet or infrared light and therefore do not negative impact on the environment.
The work will be carried out by the Council’s street lighting contractor Prysmian Cables & Systems. Over 20,000 lights will be upgraded to LED lighting and concrete columns will be replaced with new steel columns.
The upgrade work will start in May 2017 with all works being completed by March 2019 (start and completion dates are subject to change). We will deliver letters to all affected residents nearer to the time of installation.
|Area||Start date||Completion date|
|Arleston||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Church Aston||10 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|College||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Dawley Hamlets||3 April 2018||31 October 2018|
|Dothill||6 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Edgmond||10 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|Ercall||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Great Dawley||3 April 2018||31 October 2018|
|Haygate||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Hollinswood||1 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|Ketley||21 August 2018||31 October 2018|
|Ketley Bank||21 August 2018||31 October 2018|
|Ketley Grange||21 August 2018||31 October 2018|
|Lawley||20 June 2018||31 December 2018|
|Lilleshall||10 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|Little Wenlock||20 June 2018||30 November 2018|
|Malinslee||3 April 2018||31 October 2018|
|Newport||10 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|Oakengates||8 May 2018||31 October 2018|
|Overdale||20 July 2018||31 October 2018|
|Park||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Randlay||01 October 2018||31 December 2018|
|Shawbirch||3 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Wellington||15 November 2017||30 November 2018|
|Wrockwardine||4 April 2018||30 November 2018|
Is every council owned street light being upgraded?
Yes. Some streets within the borough have already been converted to LED lanterns. All other Council owned street lights will be converted over a 2 year period between May 2017 and April 2019.
Why is my street not being converted at the same time as others on my estate?
As the teams upgrade the street lights in each area, they inspect each column and light first. In some cases, the column will need replacing and so it will be at this point that the new LEDs are installed. Some columns are in need of a further inspection, and so these too are being done later.
There are also some columns that have decorative lanterns which are being retained but the lights inside will be replaced, so they might not look as if they have been upgraded but they have. If the column is included in the LED upgrade programme it will be completed by April 2019.
Will the street lights be switched off while the work is taking place?
No. The existing street lights will remain working until the new lights are fitted. Where a new column is being installed the existing light will remain working. The new column will then be installed as near to the existing column as possible.
Will there be any difference to the lighting?
Yes. The LED lighting gives a whiter light than many of the existing street lights which makes it easier to make out objects and pedestrians.
Will any street lighting columns be removed?
No, there are no proposals to reduce the lighting in the borough. In the residential areas the lighting will be maintained to the current national standards using the existing street lighting column locations. Where a column is concrete this will be replaced with a new steel column.