Smart street lighting system could see big savings and carbon reductions

7 July 2021

A report presented to Cabinet yesterday (Wednesday 7 July) unveiled the proposed implementation of Highways Street Lighting Central Management System (CMS), which is set to save the council an estimated £125,000 every year.

Cllr Ben Maney, Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "I would like to reassure residents that we are keeping the street lights on, not turning them off as other councils have.

"The installation of the Central Management System will allow us to dynamically control approximately 21,000 street lights from one web-based system.

"This system will allow us to be more efficient in the way we operate our street lighting, allowing us to detect and be alerted to any faults instantly so that we can fix the issue without having to wait for our teams or residents to report it.

"Additionally, this is cost effective that will create savings for the tax payer whilst improving their service.

"It will also reduce our carbon emissions by an estimated 1,524 tonnes in a year – in 20 years that's the equivalent of removing 1,064 cars from roads."