Have your say on the future of Swindon's street lights
The energy budget for street lighting in Swindon is currently £1.14 million and is rising annually. Over the past 10 years the costs of running street lighting in the town has doubled and accounts for a significant proportion of the Council’s total energy consumption.
The Council has asked for people’s views on the future of Swindon's street lights and on ways to reduce this bill:
Moving to LED Lights
LED lighting is very energy efficient and its introduction could lower the street lighting bill by up to 80% as well as being very environmentally friendly. LED lights also allow for more central control and it's easier to identify problems with the lights if they occur. While LED lighting saves money in the long term there will be a cost in replacing and installing the new LED bulbs and fixtures.
Turning lights off in some areas overnight
Another way the Council has suggested of saving money is by turning off street lights late at night (e.g. midnight to 5am) on non-residential streets, for example the main roads in West Swindon. While this presents obvious savings it also increases the risk of road accidents and criminal activity in in those areas with limited or no street light coverage.
We want to hear from you
The Swindon Liberal Democrats represent you and we feel it's vital that your voice is heard. We want to hear from you on what you think would be best for the town so please take some time to fill in the survey below and help us make Swindon a better place for all.
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