A £40 million project to convert all the county’s street lights to energy-efficient bulbs has taken a step forward, after council chiefs appointed a firm to do the work. Kent County Council has awarded the contract to upgrade its 118,000 lamps to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to engineering and infrastructure firm Bouygues Energies & Services.
The LEDs will be connected to an individual central management system (CMS) that will allow KCC to monitor and adapt lighting levels. The conversion work, which will cost £40 million, is due to begin in residential areas in March and is expected to take more than three years to complete.
On February 12, councillors and officers will meet to discuss the outcome of the 10-week public consultation period held into its Safe and Sensible initiative in which street lights in many residential areas across the county were switched off between midnight and 5.30am. The controversial scheme has been heavily criticised and the council had to carry out its second consultation after the first, to which just over 500 of the county’s 1.5million residents responded, was deemed flawed in an independent report.
People living and working in Kent have now been asked whether they want to return to all-night lighting, or keep part-night lighting.by