Carbon cut with 1,000 more streetlights set to be converted

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Posted on: 10 November 2015

Around 1,000 streetlights in Mincinglake and Pinhoe will be converted to part-night lighting from Monday 16 November.

However lights along key ‘walk-home’ routes have been safe-guarded and will stay on all night.

Once converted the streetlights, previously on all-night, will be switched off from about 12:30am, before coming on again at 5.30am.

The change is part of Devon County Council’s (DCC) on-going programme to reduce costs and carbon emissions across the county.

Lighting on main and on the busiest roads, local footpaths with steps and walk-home routes including Pinhoe Road, Main Road, Calthorpe Road, Beacon Lane, Summer Lane, Chancle Lane, Harrington Lane and parts of King Arthurs Road will remain lit all night.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “More than 45,000 residential streetlights have now been converted in Devon, including 3,000 in Exeter, since 2009.

“Like any houshold we need to reduce our energy bills and emissions to save money.
“In the areas the scheme has been rolled out it has been a success.

“Since the policy began in 2009 energy consumption has been cut by nearly 19 per cent, saving £2.8 million in energy costs.
“For street lighting alone, carbon emissions have reduced from 17,300 tonnes in 2009/10 to 14,091 tonnes in 2014/15.

“The feedback we received during the public consultation has helped us develop a network of busy ‘walking home routes’ which will remain lit all night.
“Busy areas of the city centre and main roads will also remain lit all night.”

Councillor Emma Morse, County Councillor for Mincinglake and Pinhoe, said: “I know that this is not a move that will be welcomed by some residents.
“Some lights which had been earmarked for conversion will now remain on all night.
“This is thanks to the understanding of Devon County Council’s street lighting team – they looked at the concerns of residents and then made the appropriate changes.”

Residents can report any issues online by calling the Customer Service Centre on 0345 155 1004 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays.

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