UK borough council reports saving more than GBP 1M with in-house LED street light installations

UK borough council reports saving more than GBP 1M with in-house LED street light installations
UK borough council reports saving more than GBP 1M with in-house LED street light installations

Over £1 million has been saved on the cost of replacing every streetlight in Hartlepool with new LED units - freeing up cash to replace almost 3,000 ageing lampposts across the town.

UK borough council reports saving more than GBP 1M with in-house LED street light installationsUK borough council reports saving more than GBP 1M with in-house LED street light installations

And the news has been welcomed by councillors who say it shows the importance of carrying out work in-house.

The scheme to replace all of the town's 13,644 streetlights with modern LED units, which began in July, was expected to cost £5 million but the final bill is now expected to be £3.8 million.

No funding was available at the time for the replacement of actual streetlight columns but the saving will now used by the Council to replace 2,943 columns that are over 30-years-old.

Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of the Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: "This saving has only come about as a result of a very effective procurement exercise carried out by Council officers which enabled us to buy the new LED lighting units for £800,000 less than originally estimated.

"And other efficiencies made by our in-house installation team have taken the total saving to £1.2 million.

"It should be noted that when informal discussions took place with potential private sectors providers their indicative price for a full streetlight replacement scheme was £6.8 million.

"I'm delighted that we ultimately decided to keep the work in-house and these figures prove that decision was correct.

"I would like to congratulate all Council officers involved in the LED replacement scheme for their hard work in achieving such a successful outcome and it highlights the importance of carrying out such work in-house.

"As a result, we are now in a position to make a substantial investment in tackling the deteriorating condition of streetlight columns in various parts of the town -work for which we had not been able to previously identify funding."

The replacement of the streetlight columns will run alongside the on-going LED replacement scheme and is due to be completed by December next year.

Contact:

Steve Hilton, Public Relations Officer - Hartlepool Borough Council
+44-01429-284065

E-mail:

customer.service@hartlepool.gov.uk

Web site:

www.hartlepool.gov.uk

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