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Success for street lighting scheme
Thursday 20th December, 2018

Wigan Council’s award winning street lighting service has tasted yet more success.

Following on from last year’s success in being awarded Best Performer, the councils street lighting service has just been awarded the Most Improved Performer at the APSE Awards 2018 which recognises excellence in public services. Much of this success is based on the councils project to replace its conventional street lights for more environmentally friendly LED lights, which are also helping the council to save £1m a year.

The street lighting project was also a runner-up in the separate best performer category as was highways, bridges and winter maintenance services in its best performer category at the awards held in Blackpool earlier this month.

The programme, which was completed earlier this year, has helped to significantly reduce the council’s energy consumption and lowered its carbon footprint with more than 36,500 LED lights fitted across the borough’s roads.

As well as saving £1m a year through reduced energy and operating costs the lights also have a number of other benefits in comparison to traditional sodium street lamps.

They have a longer lifespan, require less maintenance and use nearly 60 per cent less energy. The lights give off virtually no heat and contain no hazardous substances, do not need replacement lamps and can be controlled by a central computer system. All while providing bright, high-quality lighting onto the street.

Councillor Carl Sweeney, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said: “We’re delighted to once again be recognised by APSE after last year also winning an award for our street lighting service at the same awards.

“Some authorities are switching lights off to save money but we knew it isn’t what our residents wanted as they are an important part of helping people feel safe and secure both in their communities and while on the roads.

“This innovative scheme helps us to save money which in turn means we can keep council tax low through The Deal.

“Well done to the officers involved including our operational teams who repair, replace and maintain the borough’s street lighting infrastructure whatever the weather.”

You can now report a fault with a street light direct to the street lighting team, visit www.wigan.gov.uk and search for street lighting for more information.

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