Investment in a bright future

Street lights, Park Road, Halifax.
Street lights, Park Road, Halifax.

Calderdale Council is looking at the future of street lights in the borough to improve their condition, reliability and energy efficiency.

The council is looking to invest in lighting now to save money and repairs in the future. Many of the borough’s street lights are old and not energy efficient.

The council has invested an additional £1 million in street lighting in residential areas in 2014/15, using an innovative “sleeving” method to replace old street lighting columns and install LED lanterns which will reduce energy usage by nearly 60 per cent.

This will result in an annual saving of £15,500 in energy costs.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Coun Peter Caffrey, said: “I’d like to apologise to residents for the number of street lights currently not working and fully acknowledge that recently some faults on existing lights have not been cleared as quickly as I would have liked.

“I know however that teams are now working hard to complete these jobs as soon as possible.

“I know that street lighting is very important to residents, and it’s essential that Calderdale Council invests in the future of our lights.

“By investing in our lighting now, it should help reduce the number of faults in the future, reduce energy costs and improve reliability.”

Over the last few months there has been a high number of reports of faults with street lighting, and over the busy Christmas period a backlog has built up.

As of January 6, there were 663 outstanding faults, accounting for 2.2 per cent of Calderdale’s total of 30,500 lights.

The council’s contractor Amey has allocated additional staff to help, and is looking to complete the repairs required by Saturday, February 7.

Amey has also produced a tracker that will be updated on a daily basis so that the council can monitor progress and check it is on target.

In addition to this, the company will soon be undertaking a programme of bulk lamp changes during February which will reduce the number of faults due to old lamps.