LED street light upgrades in Leeds proposed

Leeds City Council is set to receive proposals later this year setting out plans to upgrade all street lights in the city to more energy-efficient LEDs.

The proposals seek to convert approximately 86,000 LED street lights over a three year period starting in January 2019 to more energy-efficient LEDs, with 70 per cent of city respondents supporting the upgrade off the back of a consultation carried out between November and January.

The council has also carried out an energy saving business case review on the issue which has found that the costs of upgrading all street lights in the city to LEDs is now significantly more attractive than was previously the case.

Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Having listened to what people told us and also our own review of the financial aspects, there is now a clear positive case for upgrading all street lights in the city to more energy-efficient LEDs. It is important to stress this is only a recommendation at this stage, the proposal will be fully considered and debated by the executive board in September.”

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