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Reported 'positive' feeback on Bexley's switch to energy-efficient LED street lights

PUBLISHED: 11:54 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 05 July 2017

The LED street lights save approximately 40 per cent more energy

The LED street lights save approximately 40 per cent more energy

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The council said residents have stated they feel safer walking and driving at night

Bexley council says it has received a ‘positive response’ from residents concerning the 10,000 new streetlights fitted throughout the borough.

It claims that some people have remarked that the light given off is now much brighter and said it makes them feel safer at night.

Others reportedly have focused on the road safety aspects, saying its clearer to see when driving at night.

The change has come as a result of feedback from a lighting trial, and is set to achieve an annual saving of £33,000 this year, increasing to £685,000 in subsequent years.

Councillor Alex Sawyer, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: “I’m very pleased that Bexley’s residents are benefitting from the introduction of the new street lights. We’ve listened to them and made the change in over 60 per cent of the borough’s streets. This will not only save taxpayers’ money but is also better for the environment.”

Almost all of the borough’s street lights will have made the switch to LED, which are 40 per cent more energy efficient, by March 2018.

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