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Street Lighting

Consultation Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views on the street lighting options across Kent.

At a meeting of the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on the 12th February, Members agreed to introduce all-night lighting – with the ability to dim individual lights so that it is right for every street – once work has been completed on installing the new LED lamps.

The Consultation Report, which summarises findings from the consultation questionnaire, resident workshops and focus groups with shift workers, the elderly and university and college students is available to downloaded from the ‘Summary of Results’ section below.

Work to convert the county’s 118,000 street lights to LED is due to begin in residential areas in March by Bouygues, who completely overhauled the Paris public lighting system.

Work is expected to be completed within 38 months and will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million a year, once installed.

The draft programme for the residential areas and approximate timeline is:

  • Phase 1: Ashford, Shepway and Dover – March to July 16
  • Phase 2: Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham – July to September 16
  • Phase 3: Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling and Maidstone – September to November 16
  • Phase 4: Swale, Canterbury and Thanet – November 16 – May 17

The newly-upgraded lighting will be connected to an individual central management system (CMS) that will allow the authority to monitor and provide optimal lighting levels in the future.

Whilst it is hoped the majority of residents will support the policy, it is  accepted some areas that would like to alter the pattern of the lighting levels.

It is proposed that in these instances, requests should be made by parish councils and/or district councils which are then taken to the relevant Joint Transportation Board (JTB).

The JTB will consider these requests and make a recommendation to the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport.

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Consultation Update:

A paper summarising the findings from the recent public consultation and proposed revisions to the Street Lighting Policy will be presented at an Extraordinary Meeting, Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee on Friday, 12th February, at 2pm.  To view the papers and access the webcast click here.

The full Consultation Report has also been published as an appendix.  

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Original Consultation Text:

Introduction

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 streetlighting@kent.gov.uk.  

This consultation will run for ten weeks, from Monday 21 September to Monday 30 November 2015 (inclusive). The deadline for all responses is Monday 30 November 2015.

 

Alternative formats 

If you require any of the consultation documents in another format please request these via email to alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk 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 Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Street Lighting
Description Find out why we are switching to LED street lights and tell us your views on street lighting options across Kent.
Dates From 21 Sep 2015 at 01:00 to 30 Nov 2015 at 23:59. The results were published on 16 Feb 2016.
Status Complete
Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic General interest, Community safety, crime and anti-social behaviour, Traffic, transport and roads
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Focus Group
Contact Details

Email us at: streetlighting@kent.gov.uk.