Greenwich Council have announced that 20,000 streetlights across the borough will see new LED lighting after an £11.5 million loan from the Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund.
The authority do not state what the interest charged is, though do state it will save £1 million a year.
Five thousand will be replaced as part of 20,000 changed.
It will be interesting to know what interest rate they will pay, and whether they could instead have funded replacement outright given they expect to see an additional £60 million income ringfenced to transport – and whether that could have covered street lights.
The extra £60 million is derived from cameras installed to monitor moving traffic violations – which is mainly yellow box junctions, illegal u-turns, parking on “keep clear” outside schools and driving and parking in bus lanes.
Greenwich did not use powers for 16 years after they became available and only switched on the first 40 last year, with another 20 this year, become the 30th out of 32 London councils to do so.
Greenwich state: “Fifteen thousand lantern replacements will be completed in around a year and around 5,000 lamp posts will be replaced over two to three years. The replacements will be done in priority order and as each street is due the Council will write to residents before installation starts.”
Whether some are repositioned remains to be seen. The authority continue to install lighting in certain locations that prevent cycle lane installation.
It’s also a bit of a shame more stringed lighting isn’t used or lights attached directly to buildings, removing street clutter and obstacles on paving in turn assisting wheelchair users.
It’s clearly not suitable everywhere, but in certain places it would work.
Certain authorities in the UK do this widely, though in Greenwich borough one of the few places is a very small part of Greenwich town centre.
It’s extremely common on the continent, and in recent years regulations have changed to make it easier, though in many places the old ways continue.