Residential streets in Newton Abbot are the latest to be converted to part-night lighting from this week.
Around 2,000 lights in some residential areas of the town will be switched off overnight as part of Devon County Council’s on-going programme to reduce costs and carbon emissions continues across the county.
Castlewood Avenue, Holbeam Close, Sandford View, College Road, Moorland View and Swanborough Road are among the roads which will undergo conversion over the next few weeks. The lights in these streets, which were previously on throughout the night, will be switched off between about 12.30am and 5.30am before coming on again until dawn. The main town centre streets and A and B roads will remain lit all night but consideration will be given to dimming lights where possible.
The countywide scheme is expected to have saved more than 300 tonnes of CO2 and around £46,000 in electricity costs over the past year. Over the next three years it is estimated that part-night lighting could save Devon 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and reduce its present energy bill by £450,000.
Lights have already been converted or in the process of being converted in 80 communities across Devon including Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, South Brent, Totnes, Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Kingsteignton, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Chagford, Okehampton, Crediton, Exmouth, Bideford, and Ottery St Mary.
Once this latest roll out has been been introduced in Newton Abbot it will mean almost 18,000 street lights in Devon will have been converted to part-night lighting over the past 12 months.
Councillor Gordon Hook, County Councillor for Newton Abbot South, added: “Saving tax payers money, reducing electricity consumption and improving our collective carbon footprint all makes very good environmental and economic sense. However, I shall be watching very closely to see if there is any downside to this – increases in crime, vandalism or accidents will not be acceptable.”
The conversion of lighting from all-night to part-night operations is being carried out over a five year programme across the county. The County Council is working with Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure that considerations of crime, disorder and road safety in residential areas are taken into account during the decision-making process. Converting a street light part-night lighting costs between £20 and £30, but the energy savings will cover this cost within about 3 years.
Devon County Council is responsible for nearly 75,000 street lights, costing £2.2million in electricity and producing nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. That accounts for around 30% of the County Council’s annual emissions of almost 62,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of the total annual energy use of 7,300 average Devon homes or a town about the size of Honiton in East Devon.
For more information visit: www.devon.gov.uk/streetlighting or call 0845 155 1004.