Consultation on Street Lighting Maintenance21st of August, 2020
We are committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. However the council's financial position remains extremely challenging, with a forecasted funding gap of £144m in 2021/22. Because of this, we still need to make some difficult decisions in order to make further savings.
We are asking for your views on some proposed changes to the services we provide around street lighting. We have been replacing our street lights with LED lights that are expected to work more reliably for around twenty years. They will last much longer than the traditional lamps we previously installed across Lancashire. With these new LEDs being used across our county, we will not need to check and fix our lights as often.
We currently carry out routine inspections when it's dark in every street where we are responsible for maintaining street lights, illuminated signs and/or bollards. We try to visit once every fortnight between October and March and then every month for the rest of the year. As well as the reports currently received from our night inspections, we also receive information from members of the public who notify us through our Customer Access Service, our online 'Report It!!' tool and other sources.
Having taken all of this into account, we are proposing to stop carrying out our night-time inspections. We are also proposing to start carrying out our testing of street lights and illuminated signs on a 10-year cycle rather than every five years.
As well as the routine testing, we would still be carrying out maintenance, as and when faults are reported to us and we would continue to aim to respond to initial reports of faults within five days as we do now.
We know that many people value the services provided by our street lighting team and this is why we value your input with this consultation to help us better understand the effect of these proposed changes on the people of Lancashire.
You can give us your views be completing the online questionnaire at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/get-involved.
If you have problems opening the above link please cut and paste the following link into the address bar at the top of your web browser: http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/consultation/responses/response.asp?ID=347
The eight week consultation runs from Monday 23 April to Sunday 17 June 2018.
Thank you for your time.