New street lights will improve safety and save money

Southend Council leader Nigel Holdcroft

Southend Council leader Nigel Holdcroft

First published in Echo News by

NEW multi-million pound low energy street lights in Southend will improve safety as well save taxpayers cash, council bosses say.

Southend Council plans to spend £2.65million replacing all street lights in the borough with LED bulbs, which should save almost two-thirds on energy bills.

But the brighter white light the bulbs produce will also improve the quality of images produced by CCTV and make it easier for drivers to spot potential hazards on roads at night.

Tory council leader Nigel Holdcroft, who announced the planned spending as part of the coming year’s budget earlier this week, also rejected turning off street lights to save cash, as the county council is doing elsewhere in Essex.

He said: “We are not going to start switching Southend’s street lights off in the night. We are investing money to improve them and change to LED lighting.

“They will be cheaper to run and have a longer life span.”

Being able to demonstrate revellers have a well-lit route home was key to Southend being awarded a “purple flag”, an award for the management of town centres at night.

Southend is an urban area with a busy night life and Mr Holdcroft said good lighting was key to ensuring safety.

Highway workers have already begun the five-year job of replacing all 13,000 street lights in the borough in a rolling programme.

The authority, which has already spent £270,000 on the project during this financial year, plans to spend another £650,000 in the coming year, £500,000 a year for the following two years and £1million in 2017/18.

The strategic highways and traffic management team is planning a number of trials and demonstrations for elected members.

A council spokesman said: “The majority of lighting columns in Southend’s residential areas are fitted with a 35w lamp. The equivalent LED unit c o m p r i s e s around 14 light emitting diodes and provides much-improved colour as it is a white, compared to yellow, light. Therefore CCTV images would be significantly improved with LED street lighting.

We calculate each lighting column should save 64 per cent on current energy costs.”

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9:28am Mon 20 Jan 14

heartbeat says...

Excellent news for Southend Borough residents, and what common sense!!! So glad Southend isn't following Essex's lead in plunging everyone into darkness and trying to whitewash the consequences to save a bit of money. Terrific that the new lighting will be more efficient for CCTV purposes and save money too. This will give Southend a BIG advantage over other areas in my opinion.

Well done Southend Council!!
Excellent news for Southend Borough residents, and what common sense!!! So glad Southend isn't following Essex's lead in plunging everyone into darkness and trying to whitewash the consequences to save a bit of money. Terrific that the new lighting will be more efficient for CCTV purposes and save money too. This will give Southend a BIG advantage over other areas in my opinion. Well done Southend Council!! heartbeat
  • Score: 24

9:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

A much more sensible approach than wanting to turn the lights off at night.

This needs rolling out countywide.
A much more sensible approach than wanting to turn the lights off at night. This needs rolling out countywide. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 18

10:00am Mon 20 Jan 14

bazza 1 says...

and at the same time most of the rest of Essex will be switched off, and descend into darkness after midnight. Please remember who did this when the next Essex County Council elections come round. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. These Numpties who are responsible for turning off street lights need a wake up call by the people who pay their wages. US. The Victorians gave us street lights for a good reason, safety and crime reduction.
and at the same time most of the rest of Essex will be switched off, and descend into darkness after midnight. Please remember who did this when the next Essex County Council elections come round. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. These Numpties who are responsible for turning off street lights need a wake up call by the people who pay their wages. US. The Victorians gave us street lights for a good reason, safety and crime reduction. bazza 1
  • Score: 10

10:18am Mon 20 Jan 14

disgusted of essex says...

I would like to congratulate the Council on this piece of forward thinking, LED lights are the future and will save a considerable amount of money in the long term. It is nice to be able to say that taxpayers money is being well sent for a change.
Now they need to fix the pot holes in the roads in the area.
I would like to congratulate the Council on this piece of forward thinking, LED lights are the future and will save a considerable amount of money in the long term. It is nice to be able to say that taxpayers money is being well sent for a change. Now they need to fix the pot holes in the roads in the area. disgusted of essex
  • Score: 16

11:00am Mon 20 Jan 14

Laughlust says...

heartbeat wrote:
Excellent news for Southend Borough residents, and what common sense!!! So glad Southend isn't following Essex's lead in plunging everyone into darkness and trying to whitewash the consequences to save a bit of money. Terrific that the new lighting will be more efficient for CCTV purposes and save money too. This will give Southend a BIG advantage over other areas in my opinion.

Well done Southend Council!!
Keep the city illuminated, the villages can go dark, just like they were, back in the good old days.
[quote][p][bold]heartbeat[/bold] wrote: Excellent news for Southend Borough residents, and what common sense!!! So glad Southend isn't following Essex's lead in plunging everyone into darkness and trying to whitewash the consequences to save a bit of money. Terrific that the new lighting will be more efficient for CCTV purposes and save money too. This will give Southend a BIG advantage over other areas in my opinion. Well done Southend Council!![/p][/quote]Keep the city illuminated, the villages can go dark, just like they were, back in the good old days. Laughlust
  • Score: -14

11:34am Mon 20 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"Highway workers have already begun the five-year job of replacing all 13,000 street lights in the borough in a rolling programme. "


Ok this explains why no one has fixed the ones that stay on 24 hours along London Road then.
clear white LED lighting...i like it.
"Highway workers have already begun the five-year job of replacing all 13,000 street lights in the borough in a rolling programme. " Ok this explains why no one has fixed the ones that stay on 24 hours along London Road then. clear white LED lighting...i like it. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

11:57am Mon 20 Jan 14

Ian P says...

"Being able to demonstrate revellers have a well-lit route home was key to Southend being awarded a “purple flag”, an award for the management of town centres at night." On this basis the E.C.C. deserves the Jolly Roger!!
"Being able to demonstrate revellers have a well-lit route home was key to Southend being awarded a “purple flag”, an award for the management of town centres at night." On this basis the E.C.C. deserves the Jolly Roger!! Ian P
  • Score: 6

12:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Cockle says...

I'm always happy to let SBC know when I think they're in the wrong so it's only right that I should praise them for getting something right, so well done, SBC.

This looks to be a sensible approach to cutting overall costs, cutting emissions and improving reliability while still maintaining the level of service that the public want. Not everything that saves money needs to be about cuts, working smarter and embracing newer technologies can often do the job just as well.
I'm always happy to let SBC know when I think they're in the wrong so it's only right that I should praise them for getting something right, so well done, SBC. This looks to be a sensible approach to cutting overall costs, cutting emissions and improving reliability while still maintaining the level of service that the public want. Not everything that saves money needs to be about cuts, working smarter and embracing newer technologies can often do the job just as well. Cockle
  • Score: 10

1:56pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Common sense. Keep the lights on everywhere as long as they are energy saving.

Cuts down on incidences of little scrotes deciding that mugging people under cover of darkness is a good idea.
Common sense. Keep the lights on everywhere as long as they are energy saving. Cuts down on incidences of little scrotes deciding that mugging people under cover of darkness is a good idea. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

2:00pm Mon 20 Jan 14

emcee says...

About time too. At last, a bit of sensible thinking. from the council.
About time too. At last, a bit of sensible thinking. from the council. emcee
  • Score: 17

2:06pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Buddy11A says...

Well I wish they would install these lights in Canvey we are now subject to our lights being turned off from 12 midnight to 5am and some "person" came along on Thursday night and pinched both my number plates. What joy! The whole Island is in darkness.
Well I wish they would install these lights in Canvey we are now subject to our lights being turned off from 12 midnight to 5am and some "person" came along on Thursday night and pinched both my number plates. What joy! The whole Island is in darkness. Buddy11A
  • Score: 8

4:11pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Erastothenes says...

I hope these lights will be efficiently focused onto footways, cycleways, and roadways, rather than wasting energy by illuminating the sky.
I hope these lights will be efficiently focused onto footways, cycleways, and roadways, rather than wasting energy by illuminating the sky. Erastothenes
  • Score: -1

6:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

whataday says...

Agreee with most of the posters here These should be rolled out across Essex - we're paying enough in council tax
Agreee with most of the posters here These should be rolled out across Essex - we're paying enough in council tax whataday
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Southchurchjon says...

It would be interesting to know the rollout schedule for all the new lighting. One would hope that the high risk and high crime areas would be the first to benefit from the improvements. However, something tells me that the areas that will benefit first will be the more affluent ones and that they will see improvements prior to the elections in May with the hope of securing a Tory majority. Also, this is a multi year programme of improvement works. Has the funding been ring fenced for this for subsequent years or could it be subject to either a reduction or removal entirely in the face of continuing budget cuts?
It would be interesting to know the rollout schedule for all the new lighting. One would hope that the high risk and high crime areas would be the first to benefit from the improvements. However, something tells me that the areas that will benefit first will be the more affluent ones and that they will see improvements prior to the elections in May with the hope of securing a Tory majority. Also, this is a multi year programme of improvement works. Has the funding been ring fenced for this for subsequent years or could it be subject to either a reduction or removal entirely in the face of continuing budget cuts? Southchurchjon
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

woolstone says...

Shame Rochford Council did not do this instead of plunging us into darkness on the 26th. Very disappointed with the council, wish Rayleigh could have its own council now it's about time we broke away.
Shame Rochford Council did not do this instead of plunging us into darkness on the 26th. Very disappointed with the council, wish Rayleigh could have its own council now it's about time we broke away. woolstone
  • Score: 4

10:05am Wed 22 Jan 14

Salvo The Clown says...

I think the above is excellent, I also think if either Essex County Council or Castle Point Council were to take note of what Southend Council are doing to save money. In the long run it would also save them money and prevent them receiving unnecessary claims against them from accidents as a result of lack of lighting. In fact I'll take my hat off to them and congratulate them for their forward thinking. Well Done!
I think the above is excellent, I also think if either Essex County Council or Castle Point Council were to take note of what Southend Council are doing to save money. In the long run it would also save them money and prevent them receiving unnecessary claims against them from accidents as a result of lack of lighting. In fact I'll take my hat off to them and congratulate them for their forward thinking. Well Done! Salvo The Clown
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

OBL says...

While Castle Point is plunged into darkness, the Council Offices are blazing out with every light beaming brightly throughout the night. Maybe if these lights were switched off in Council owned properties across the county, ECC might save enough money for our street lights to stay on.

My hubby is a taxi driver and it's so difficult finding turnings and house numbers without street lights. He can't see if customers get safely to their doors. People both young and old are walking home from pubs and clubs in the dark and inebriated, it won't be long at all before someone gets knocked down by a vehicle. And let's not even start on criminal activities increasing!
While Castle Point is plunged into darkness, the Council Offices are blazing out with every light beaming brightly throughout the night. Maybe if these lights were switched off in Council owned properties across the county, ECC might save enough money for our street lights to stay on. My hubby is a taxi driver and it's so difficult finding turnings and house numbers without street lights. He can't see if customers get safely to their doors. People both young and old are walking home from pubs and clubs in the dark and inebriated, it won't be long at all before someone gets knocked down by a vehicle. And let's not even start on criminal activities increasing! OBL
  • Score: 5

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