As the clocks go back this weekend and the nights draw in, North Yorkshire residents are likely to be paying more attention to the street lights around where they live.
Recently, North Yorkshire County Council embarked on a three-year project to replace its 50,400 street lights with new LED technology. The more efficient LED equipment will cost about 40 per cent less to power and is expected to offer an annual saving of almost £1.3m on completion of the project, as well as reducing carbon emissions.
This follows a four-year programme completed by the County Council last year to reduce its street lighting energy consumption and associated carbon emissions by switching many lights to part-night lighting. The savings from this are expected to be almost £400,000 a year.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “Maintaining our street lights as part of a well-run highways network is a priority for us, so we would encourage people to tell us about any problems they spot as the longer nights encroach. They can easily report faults via our website.
“However, we would point out that each part-night light has a photocell that responds to the available light. After the change from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, these cells can take several days to readjust to the new timings. Therefore, we would ask people to allow time for the lights to adjust before reporting any issues to us.”
Faults can be reported via the County Council’s website, www.northyorks.gov.uk/streetlighting. Online reporting allows residents to pinpoint the faulty light so that the report can be investigated as efficiently as possible. It also allows them to see updates on progress.