Calls for Borough of Poole to replace street lights with energy-saving lights

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STREET lights in Poole should be replaced with energy saving lights, says a motion signed by eight Liberal Democrat councillors.

They are calling for Borough of Poole to adopt a more strategic approach to all public and street lighting.

The motion went to full council and was referred to the transportation advisory group.

“The current approach is somewhat ad hoc and leaves significant areas with lights that are neither energy saving nor of high quality,” say the petitioners, led by Cllr Vikki Slade.

“We therefore propose that this council replaces all its street and public lighting with energy saving LED lights and investigates possible uses of SMART technology.”

They are also calling on the council to make use of available Green Investment Bank funding.

“That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers and provide significant savings to the council and that this is done as quickly as possible.”

Julian Mc-Laughlin, head of transportation services, Borough of Poole, said: “We are developing a business plan for the replacement of street lights in Poole and this will be discussed by the appropriate committee in due course.

“At this stage nothing has been decided but there is a strong case for improvement.”

Work started last month on a £7million upgrade of all of neighbouring Bournemouth’s street lighting to more energy efficient technology.

Over the next few months the council will be replacing all of its 16,500 street lights with low energy modern LED technology.

The council says the modern lighting will better conserve energy, reduce the town’s carbon footprint and deliver energy savings of £32.3million against projected costs over 20 years.

Currently the council spends £1.1m a year on street lighting.

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6:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Phixer says...

They are also calling on the council to make use of available Green Investment Bank funding. “That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers"

Just how naive can our councillors get? You never get something for nothing.

Quote: The UK Green Investment Bank is the first bank of its kind in the world, with £3.8 billion of funding from the UK Government to invest in sustainable projects. Unquote

Suggest residents check the comments made by others who have been blighted by LED street lighting. The blue light is giving many a problem with sleeping; it doesn't spread its light over an area, so that streets currently well-lit will have dark areas.

It's not just a simple case of changing the bulb, it costs at least £500 per light to modify a perfectly serviceable light to save a couple of quid.

But, hey, it's not your money - so they tell us. Think the postman has been delivering some more brown envelopes to the town hall.
They are also calling on the council to make use of available Green Investment Bank funding. “That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers" Just how naive can our councillors get? You never get something for nothing. Quote: The UK Green Investment Bank is the first bank of its kind in the world, with £3.8 billion of funding from the UK Government to invest in sustainable projects. Unquote Suggest residents check the comments made by others who have been blighted by LED street lighting. The blue light is giving many a problem with sleeping; it doesn't spread its light over an area, so that streets currently well-lit will have dark areas. It's not just a simple case of changing the bulb, it costs at least £500 per light to modify a perfectly serviceable light to save a couple of quid. But, hey, it's not your money - so they tell us. Think the postman has been delivering some more brown envelopes to the town hall. Phixer
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6:52pm Tue 6 May 14

muscliffman says...

Phixer wrote:
They are also calling on the council to make use of available Green Investment Bank funding. “That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers"

Just how naive can our councillors get? You never get something for nothing.

Quote: The UK Green Investment Bank is the first bank of its kind in the world, with £3.8 billion of funding from the UK Government to invest in sustainable projects. Unquote

Suggest residents check the comments made by others who have been blighted by LED street lighting. The blue light is giving many a problem with sleeping; it doesn't spread its light over an area, so that streets currently well-lit will have dark areas.

It's not just a simple case of changing the bulb, it costs at least £500 per light to modify a perfectly serviceable light to save a couple of quid.

But, hey, it's not your money - so they tell us. Think the postman has been delivering some more brown envelopes to the town hall.
Exactly. So Councillor Slade says "That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers",

A classis Lib-dim statement if ever there was one, the UK Green Bank's funding comes from the UK Government so of course this IS at taxpayers cost!

Not a clue have they, just spend, spend, spend.............
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: They are also calling on the council to make use of available Green Investment Bank funding. “That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers" Just how naive can our councillors get? You never get something for nothing. Quote: The UK Green Investment Bank is the first bank of its kind in the world, with £3.8 billion of funding from the UK Government to invest in sustainable projects. Unquote Suggest residents check the comments made by others who have been blighted by LED street lighting. The blue light is giving many a problem with sleeping; it doesn't spread its light over an area, so that streets currently well-lit will have dark areas. It's not just a simple case of changing the bulb, it costs at least £500 per light to modify a perfectly serviceable light to save a couple of quid. But, hey, it's not your money - so they tell us. Think the postman has been delivering some more brown envelopes to the town hall.[/p][/quote]Exactly. So Councillor Slade says "That will enable the council to carry out the work at no cost to taxpayers", A classis Lib-dim statement if ever there was one, the UK Green Bank's funding comes from the UK Government so of course this IS at taxpayers cost! Not a clue have they, just spend, spend, spend............. muscliffman
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6:26pm Thu 8 May 14

simon34 says...

Sadly these people are dreadfully ill informed. You would think that they would do at least some research before opening their mouths.

Note the issues:

http://www.dailymail
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Sadly these people are dreadfully ill informed. You would think that they would do at least some research before opening their mouths. Note the issues: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2609957/Coming-stree t-near-lights-awake- make-people-ill.html simon34
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