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Street Lighting

Ends: 29 Nov 2015


Kent County Council has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED’s are significantly more efficient than the existing lights. Improvements in LED technology and a reduction in prices mean that LED lights are now the first choice for street lighting.

The work will involve changing the lantern on the existing column and will start early next year, 2016. We will begin by converting the lights in residential areas, which will take about fourteen months, followed by the main routes and town centres. The work will take around three years and when complete these changes could reduce our current energy and carbon emission costs by 60%, saving around £5.2m, each year.

As well as using much less energy, LED lights are more reliable and require less maintenance. When combined with a Central Management System (CMS) we will be able to monitor our energy use, detect faults, dim lights and control the time that the lights turn on and off.


What is the purpose of the consultation

As the new LED / CMS technology is more flexible, we have the opportunity to review the way that we provide street lighting. We want to hear your views on the options for street lighting across the county. Your responses will be used to inform the Council Members’ decision making process for a new street lighting policy.

We would like to know which of the following options you would prefer:

  • Part-night lighting - the current level of service
  • All-night lighting

Along with these options we are also seeking your views on the dimming of street lights when roads are less busy.


What do you need to know

The Consultation Document explains the changes that have been made so far and provides more details on the future street lighting options.

The Consultation Document is also available in Easy Read and Word formats and along with the Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) and Frequently Asked Questions can be downloaded from the 'Consultation Documents' section below. 


Have your say
No decisions have been taken and we want to hear what you think of these options. Please let us know by filling in the online questionnaire, which can be found in the 'Respond to this Consultation' section below. 

Alternatively, print and complete the consultation questionnaire at the back of the Consultation Document and return using the Freepost address: Freepost KCC STREET LIGHT CONSULTATION.

Hard copies of the consultation document are available from your local Library, Gateway or on request via e-mail to  

This consultation will run for ten weeks, from Monday 21 September to Sunday 29 November 2015 (inclusive). The deadline for all responses is Sunday 29 November 2015.


Alternative formats 

If you require any of the consultation documents in another format please request these via email to or by telephone on 03000 421553 (text relay 18001 03000 421553). This number is monitored during office hours and there is an answering machine at other times.

Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

NameStreet Lighting
DescriptionFind out why we are switching to LED street lights and tell us your views on street lighting options across Kent.
DatesFrom 21 Sep 2015 at 01:00 to 29 Nov 2015 at 23:59.
Consulting Organisation TypeKent County Council
Consulting Organisation NameKent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultationAshford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation TopicGeneral interest, Community safety, crime and anti-social behaviour, Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation MethodsOnline survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Focus Group
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