46 District owned street lighting
This proposal will contribute to the council’s carbon reduction options plan by converting street lights to low cost/ low carbon LED lighting.
This report details issues arising through forced maintenance changes to the council’s street lighting stock and proposes the most cost effective long term management of the assets.
The proposals will contribute to the council’s carbon reduction options plan by converting street lights to low cost/ low carbon LED lighting.
The report details issues arising through forced maintenance changes to the council’s street lighting stock and proposes the most cost effective long term management of the assets.
Proposed by Councillor Lesley Whybrow
Seconded by Councillor Ray Field and
1. To receive and note report C/21/44.
2. To agree to proceed with upgrading all district owned highway lights, and transferring assets to KCC where possible including the payment of the commuted sum of £70,034.
3. To approve funding from the years 21/22 and 22/23 from the Climate Change Reserve of £478,369 to cover the costs of the LED conversion for all assets and the commuted sum to KCC for adoption of 340 assets.
4. To seek full Council approval for a capital budget of £745,000 for the two phases of street lighting works outlined in section 3 of the report to be funded from the Climate Change Reserve (£408,335) and the Capital Receipts Reserve (£336,665).
5. To reduce the revenue maintenance budget from £71,300 to £20k in the financial year 2023/24 in light of savings made from the upgrade.
6. To replenish the climate change reserves with the first year of savings from the project.
(Voting: For 7; Against 0; Abstentions 0)
Reason for Decision:
The conversion of street lights to LED is included in the council’s immediate actions/measures to reduce carbon emissions, and is part of the Carbon Action Plan. The long term provision and maintenance of the district council’s street light stock poses a significant capital and revenue cost risk. Agreeing to the proposed upgrade and asset handover limits the total expenditure to the council, significantly reduces carbon emissions, and will ensure the safety of all street lights.