More than 2,000 Redbridge street light could become structurally unstable

PUBLISHED: 17:06 10 October 2018

Street lamps will be getting an upgrade. Picture:PA

Street lamps will be getting an upgrade. Picture:PA

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Redbridge Council is planning to spend £300,000 replacing street lamps in South Woodford and Wanstead over fears 2,150 could become “structurally unstable”.

There are approximately 21,000 street lighting columns in the borough, and a standard lighting column has a lifespan of about 35 years.

In the mid 1990’s nearly two thirds of Redbridge’s ageing lighting columns were replaced as part of a major £10m investment scheme which was mainly in the east and south of the borough.

Since then the focus has been on replacing the oldest columns in the remaining third using the annual capital funding when available.

A council spokesman said: “The older columns require replacement because they have exceeded their design life and could become structurally unstable.

“They are mainly in the north-west of the borough.

“There is regular structural testing programme in place to ensure that those columns which are in a poor condition, meet health and safety requirements.

“Any that fail that test are replaced immediately.”

If that news didn’t get you all lit up another lamp update might - the council has approved £4.4million to fund the switch over to LED lights.

As part of the scheme more than 17,000 conventional lanterns will be updated across the borough.

“The move to LED street lighting has been gathering pace over the last five years with the technology improving rapidly and costs falling to the point where the price and product now make LED Street lighting a viable “spend to save” option,” the spokesman added.

“The project commenced in 2017/18 and is near completion, 12 months ahead of the original 30-month schedule.

“The scheme once completed by the council’s incumbent Street Lighting Term Maintenance Contractor (Skanska) will achieve approximately a 60per cent saving in energy costs,”

Deputy council leader, Councillor Kam Rai, said he is happy the lighting is getting updated.

“We are really pleased that we have been able to update the lighting in the borough,” he said.

“It is brighter, safer and saves us a lot of money, but what is equally important is that it will help the environment and reduces the carbon footprint.”

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