Street Lighting Scrutiny Review

Photo used under a creative commons licence from Flickr user Cmaj7

Last week we kicked off a scrutiny review looking at some major upcoming changes to street lighting in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire County Council has set itself a target to save £500k per year from the street lighting electricity bill. This will mean that around 39,000 (80%) lights will have to be switched off in the early hours of the morning. To operate the lights on this ‘part-night’ basis requires the purchase and installation of a central management system that will cost £1.64 million of capital investment.

The scrutiny review will be looking at the following areas:

Timing of the switch-off
Should it be a phased switch-off over a number of weeks? Or should all of the lights be switched off at the same time?

Which lights will stay on?
What criteria is being used to decide the 20% of lights that will be staying on? Is it fair?

Public consultation
How have the Council engaged with residents and have they listened to what they have to say?

What will be the impact on communities?
Will there be any impact on road safety, crime, anti-social behaviour etc.?

Which other Councils have taken this approach to street lighting? Was it successful? What can Warwickshire learn from their experiences?

You can follow the progress of the review on this blog over the coming months.

If you want to give us your views, or if you want to get involved with the scrutiny review, just leave a comment on this post or email me at

About Dave Abbott
I work for Warwickshire County Council - supporting the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Regulatory Committee, the Pension Fund Investment Board, and various task and finish groups.

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