Don’t be left in the dark: Have your say on plans to switch off “significant” number of Leeds street lights

Street lighting on the streets of Beeston, Leeds.
Street lighting on the streets of Beeston, Leeds.
Have your say

People in Leeds are being urged to have their say on council plans to expand a part-time street-light switch-off scheme.

Leeds City Council is responsible for 92,000 street lights, which consume approximately £4 million of electricity per year.

Since 2013, around 4,000 street lights in Leeds - around four per cent of the total - have been set for part-night operation, saving £136,000 per year in energy costs.

But now, the cash-strapped council says it needs to find other ways to save money on street lights, as part of a wider cost-cutting drive.

The YEP revealed earlier this year that the council was considering expanding the switch-off operation to include up to one in four of all the city’s lamps.

The findings of the new consultation will, says the authority, “help shape how the council can potentially make further savings through its street lights programme”.

Options being consulted on are: swapping a “significant proportion” of street lights to part night operation (where lights are turned off between midnight and 5.30am); or swapping all of the street lights to LED; doing a mixture of both.

Other suggestions relating to saving money on street lights would also be “welcome”, says the council.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning said: “While this public consultation is aimed at helping us cut emissions and save money that can be invested in other essential council services, residents can be assured that road safety and the impact of crime will continue to remain key factors in the management and roll out of our street lighting programme.

“Careful consideration has been given to the options put forward in the consultation. We look forward to hearing the thoughts of residents, groups and organisations on these options, which will be used to shape our final decisions regarding our street lighting programme.”

People have until January 26, 2018 to share their views. The final proposals will be considered by the council’s executive board in March 2018.