Freedom of information response

Street light data

Publication date: 
Monday 2 August 2021
Request: 

1. The number of streetlights/streetlamps within the bounds of your local council.

2. The total cost of running said streetlights/streetlamps yearly (i.e., the electricity costs)

3. The total energy expenditure/Energy usage running said streetlights/streetlamps (I.e., Watt-Hours, Joules or another metric).

4. From what organisation do you purchase the streetlights/streetlamps if they are a public traded company.

5. The maintenance costs of running the streetlights/streetlamps (i.e., the cost per year of repairs, maintenance, replacements etc).

6. The costs of purchasing 1 streetlight/streetlamp from the supplier. (This can be an approximation).

Response: 
  1. 18062 Lamp columns only
  2. 20/21 = £628600.45 (inc UMSUG admin services of £3200). Therefore 80% would be lamp columns = £502880.20
  3. Based upon 80% (lamp columns only) we calculate  kwh 3606815.13 annual usage
  4. Henderson & Taylor TMC
  5. Yearly revenue SL budget £542000. 80% = (lamp columns only) £433600.00
  6. Refusal (see below)

The Council are of the view that the release of the information in scope of your request would prejudice its own commercial interests and the commercial interests of the other parties involved. The reasons for this have been captured below under the public interest test section. (see below)

Refusal S43

  • Public interest in disclosure:
    • Where a public authority is purchasing goods/services there is a public interest in ensuring value for money is achieved.
  • Public interest to maintain the exemption:
    • Public authorities are major purchasers of goods and services and providing a full copy of a contract would be detrimental to the Council, as if the price or details of a contract were disclosed, it would hinder the Councils ability to receive multiple bids for future contracts and/or could limit the variation of bids supplied putting the Council at a disadvantage.
    • Companies compete by offering something different from their rivals. That difference could be price/quality/specification. Information that identifies how a company has developed that unique element, is commercially sensitive. For example, where a company competes on price, it may be that the final price charged is readily available, however information disclosing how the company is able to offer the product at that price may not be.
    • Companies should be able to compete fairly on a level playing field. If the details of a previous contract are publicly available then this would put the current contractor at a commercial disadvantage.

Based on the above, it is the Council’s view that there is a stronger public interest to maintain the use of the exemption for section 43 (2).

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Request reference:
FOI 11035