Plymouth City Council will begin an 18-month citywide street lighting replacement programme this week, as part of its energy and carbon saving measures.
The £8 million project, which will see nearly 29,000 street lights in the city replaced with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps, will see the Council’s energy bill reduced by over £1 million a year.
Streets in the north-west of the city will be the first to receive the new lights, which give a colour of light similar to that of moonlight. Installation will then continue in stages across the north of the city, working from west to east, before moving to the southern half of the city.
In most cases the LED units will be flatter and squarer than existing lamps but in areas with heritage lighting, care will be taken to use lamps that are similar in appearance to the existing ones.
Plymouth will be one of the first cities in the UK to replace all of its street lights with LED units, but it has been able to benefit from the experience of other councils such as Birmingham and Gateshead, which have installed them extensively.
West Somerset council is so financially stretched that its very future is in doubt, according to a confidential report seen by this programme.
The council, one of the smallest in the country, will have to make savings over the next two years, but after that faces a merger with other authorities, it says.
The report, by the Local Government Association, says the sparsely-populated area is facing a growing budget deficit which means that it will not be able to provide even minimum standards of service in the future. Various options are proposed, including sharing services with other councils.
West Somerset say tey'll consider the report next month.
A new grant scheme has been announced today (Thurs) to help more Cornish students get to university.
Four thousand students a year could get up to £3,000 from Cornwall Council to help with their living costs. All would also be eligible for a £30 card to help pay for books and travel.