Work to start on replacing street lamps

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, with one of the new LED street lights.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, with one of the new LED street lights.
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Work is set to get under way to replace street lights across North Tyneside.

North Tyneside Council is aiming to save millions of pounds, and help the environment, by exchanging thousands of street lamps.

A total of 7,300 sodium lamps are set to be replaced with modern energy-efficient LED street lights.

The £1.95million upgrade will save around £500,000 annually – and officials say it will have paid for itself within four years.

It is estimated the scheme will generate savings of £7.9million over the next 17 years and will reduce carbon emissions by 1,500 tonnes a year.

The scheme will be rolled out in July and be completed by June 2018.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The new LED lights are more cost-effective and efficient than traditional lamps in every way.

“They’re longer-lasting, cheaper to maintain, and they help the council to reduce its carbon footprint while also reducing light pollution.

“I think this is an excellent example of the council using innovation and modern technology, while investing to save.

“The project will go a long way towards meeting our carbon reduction targets in the coming years, and will also help us financially as we continue to grapple with the constant challenge of government budget cuts.”

The installation work will be carried out by the council’s partner organisation, SSE, and is part of the council’s Low Carbon Plan.