Streetlights

Whittington Parish Council maintain 198 streetlights in the parish of Whittington.

If you observe an issue with a streetlight, please report it to the Clerk – clerk@whittingtonpc.com / 01691 829571.

LED Conversion Project

To date, the Parish Council have converted 46 of the 198 streetlights to LED lanterns. The remaining lights are SON and SOX lamps which are much less energy efficient than the LED lanterns and the cost to maintain these lamps is also higher due to their age. With the production of SOX lamps also being discontinued, the Parish Council are currently considering a project to mass convert all of the remaining 153 lamps to LED.

In order to fund this large project, the council are currently looking into the possibility of taking out a The Salix Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (the “Scheme”) (minute 134.d.19 refers)

The Scheme allows public sector bodies to apply for an interest free loan to finance up to 100% of the costs of energy saving projects. These loans are paid back to Salix by direct debit on a 6 monthly basis over a period of 5 years. Projects must comply with the following criteria:

  • The project must pay for itself from energy savings within a maximum 5 year period
  • The cost of CO2e must be less than £172 per tonne over the lifetime of the project

The Parish Council currently pays £6319 p/a on streetlight energy. Switching all lanterns to LED would enable the council to make substantial energy savings, estimated at around 50-60% p/a. The 35watt, 50watt, 55watt and 70watt SON and SOX lamps would be replaced with the lower wattage, energy efficient LED lanterns. The energy savings would initially be used to pay off the Salix Loan within the 5-year period.

The council would also be interested in obtaining your views on the project. All comments can be sent into the council by emailing the Clerk: clerk@whittingtonpc.com