Kent residents and businesses are being asked for their views on options for street lighting across the county.
Kent County Council has secured funding to convert the county’s 118,000 street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology – which will mean annual savings of up to £5.2million for Kent’s council taxpayers.
The street lights will incorporate a Central Management System (CMS) that also provides flexibility by monitoring energy use, detecting faults, dimming lights and controlling the time that lights turn on and off.
Starting on Monday, 21 September, residents, businesses and communities are being asked for their views on whether they would prefer the current level of service provided by part-night lighting, or all-night lighting.
This is a 10-week consultation which will help inform a new street lighting policy.
Matthew Balfour, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Light emitting diodes are significantly more efficient than the existing lights.
“Improvements in LED technology and reductions in prices mean that LED lights are now the first choice for street lighting. We already use LED lights as a matter of course when replacing our old or failed street lights.
“We are aware that some people have concerns about part-night lighting, in particular that it may lead to an increase in crime or the fear of crime.
“We have been working very closely with Kent Police, who have analysed their records and stated that they have found no correlation between crime rates and changes to street lighting.
“However, with the flexibility offered by the new technology we have an opportunity to review the way that we provide street lighting. We want to understand how residents would prefer their street lights to operate.
“I would, therefore, urge people to take part in the consultation.”
People are being asked to respond by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/streetlights and completing the online consultation questionnaire.
The consultation document and questionnaire are also available in Easy Read and Word formats on the website (above) or on request by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 03000 421553, or Text Relay:18001 03000 421553 (this number is monitored during office hours and there is an answering machine at other times).
For any other formats people can also use the details above.
The deadline for all responses is Sunday, 29 November 2015.