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Bright idea means £300,000 savings for Bexley

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 16:00 04 July 2016

Bexley Council is switching to LED lighting

Bexley Council is switching to LED lighting

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The council is to transition to LED lighting

Bexley Council is set to make savings of more than £300,000 a year by converting to LED lighting.

The council decided to adopt the energy-efficient technology instead of turning street lights off between 1am and 5:30am, after considering the feedback from its recent ‘part-night lighting trial’ in Welling,

The trials took place as part of the borough’s wider savings proposals to balance the council’s budget in the face of cuts in government grant and the rising cost of key services.

Street lights were turned off during the early hours of the morning, and residents were asked for information on changes in the level of crime or accidents.

An alternative cost-cutting option was switching to LED lighting, and the council decided to push ahead with this option after considering the feedback from residents.

Councillor Alex Sawyer, Bexley’s cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: “We’ve listened to what our residents told us. The consultation following the trial told us that they would prefer to have their lights on for as long as possible. We were also looking into different methods and found that improvements in LED lighting make it a viable and cost effective alternative.

“I thank all of the residents who gave us their feedback after and during the trial period. Our newly elected colleague, Cllr Ray Sams, had the opportunity to discuss the issue with many local residents during the St Michael’s Ward by-election campaign and they were pleased we had listened to their concerns.”

The works are expected to start in Autumn 2016 and will be completed during 2018.

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