New energy efficient street lighting which
will reduce carbon emissions, cut energy bills and reduce long-term
maintenance costs is being installed across Peterborough.
The programme, originally outlined in the
Medium Term Financial Strategy as an invest to save project for
2011 to 2016, will see 6,000 street lights across Peterborough
upgraded to LED. The LED lanterns direct bright white light
downwards onto the roads and footways reducing the amount of light
pollution caused by the existing street lights.
The first phase of the project to install
1,200 energy efficient lamps will provide an annual carbon saving
of 132 tonnes. The contract to carry out the first phase of the
scheme was awarded to BAM Nuttall Ltd in September 2011.
A further 5,000 lanterns will be changed over the
next two years as part of the efficiency project which is due to be
completed by 2013/14.
Peter Hiller, the city council's Cabinet Member for Housing,
Neighbourhoods and Planning, said: "People will see a real
difference in the quality of the lighting and the technology is
such now that light pollution is greatly diminished.
"The streets benefitting from the new lighting
have been selected based on a stringent set of criteria. Only
residential and link roads will be included and priority will be
given to lights which have the potential to make the highest energy
savings and for which the technology is easiest to
(From left: Councillor Peter Hiller with Dave Ralph from BAM
Sam Dalton, Cabinet Member for Environment Capital, said:
"Peterborough is a city which invests heavily in the environment,
with the aim of becoming as clean and green as possible. The new
street lighting technology saves energy and reduces carbon so is
better for not only the city's green credentials but will also save
the council and ultimately tax payers money.
"With the combined pressures of rising energy
prices and the need to reduce emissions to prevent the effects of
climate change, it is estimated that the first phase of the project
could save in the region of 132 tonnes of CO2 entering the
Residents living in the following wards will
be the first to benefit from the new lighting: East, Paston, North,
Bretton North, Werrington South, Park, Central, Dogsthorpe,
Werrington North, Fletton, and Ravensthorpe.