Streetlamps set for overhaul

15 January 2016

Brand new clean, efficient and low-cost streetlamps will be installed across the borough in a multi-million pound overhaul, if plans to upgrade the lights are given the green light by councillors next week.


Brent Council's Cabinet will next week consider a report recommending the awarding of a contract to Bouygues E&S Infrastructure Ltd, to remove over 21,000 of Brent's aging streetlamps and replace them with new, more efficient, light emitting diode (LED) lanterns.


The proposal, which will save the council £750,000 on their energy bills each year, would also include the installation of a new central management system, to manage the street lights in the borough.


The new management system, which would be installed by DW Windsor Ltd, would allow lighting intensity to be managed to precisely match the needs of local areas.


It is predicted that the greater efficiency of the LED street lamps, which would use less electricity and cost taxpayers less money, would also help to cut carbon emissions by around 5,350 tonnes of CO2 - a 37 per cent reduction of the council's carbon emissions against current figures.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:


"Ensuring our streets are safe and properly lit is a priority for the council. We also aim to save money in this very difficult financial climate, while making a big reduction in our carbon footprint.


"This is a great opportunity for us to achieve all of those aims and help to make Brent a safer, cleaner and greener borough."


It is expected that, if approved, the first lamps will be installed from April 2016 and the rollout across the borough completed by September 2017.