Thousands more street lights to be upgraded in south Derbyshire

8 February 2018

A further round of work to switch to new-style street lights which will save us £1.2m per year is to begin in south Derbyshire.

More than 68,000 lights countywide will eventually have their current bulbs replaced with LED fittings. Around 22,000 of the older lamp posts will also be replaced at the same time.

A total of 1,918 street lights in Castle Gresley, Catton, Cauldwell, Coton-in-the-Elms, Drakelow, Linton, Lullington, Netherseal, Overseal, Rosliston and Walton-on-Trent are now being upgraded as part of our £23m 'invest to save' programme.

The work is set to start on Monday 19 February 2018 and is expected to take around eight weeks.

The current orange sodium lights will have their bulbs and light fittings replaced with new LED fittings. Some columns are also being replaced.

These latest LEDs are on top of the 1,952 streetlights in Barrow upon Trent, Breaston, Calke, Draycott, Elvaston, Ingleby, Melbourne, Shardlow, Swarkestone, Stanton by Bridge, Ticknall and Weston upon Trent, that have already been upgraded in the south of the county.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

"The whole replacement programme is expected to take three years and the good news is we are making very positive progress. We are now in our second year of conversion and once this latest round of lights has been installed it will bring the total of new LEDs around the county to 30,000."

Councillor Spencer added:

"Because these new lights are cheaper to maintain and more energy efficient they will also help us to reduce our carbon footprint plus reduce our electricity costs by around £1.2m every year."

The cash for the project is borrowed and is then paid back over 20 years, although it is expected that the initial investment will be recouped after eight years.

This is because LED lights are expected to last around 25 years compared to around four years life expectancy of the current lights. This is because they use less electricity, are more robust and easier to maintain.

Following consultation on plans to change to LED lights, 90% of respondents said they were in favour of the plan.

In the north east of the county lights have been upgraded in Coal Aston, Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse, Eckington, Holmesfield, Ilkeston, Killamarsh, New Whittington and Old Whittington.

Other areas to have had LED replacement lights include Barlborough, Belper, Charlesworth, Chesterfield, Chisworth, Clowne, Crich, Elmton, Glossop, Hazlewood, Hodthorpe and Belph, Long Eaton, Pentrich, Ripley, Sawley, Tintwistle, Wessington and Whitwell.

During the coming months we have scheduled to upgrade a further 7,500 old-style lights to LEDs in Barlow, Blackwell, Brampton, Brimington, Holymoorside, Overseal, Pinxton, Pleasley, South Normanton, Staveley, Tibshelf and Walton.