A recommendation to upgrade all street lights in the city is to be put to Leeds City Council later this year.
Proposals to convert approximately 86,000 LED street lights over a three year period starting in January 2019 are to be put forward following the completion of public consultation and a business analysis into the future of street lighting in Leeds.
The consultation carried out from November 2017 to January 2018 resulted in more than 2,000 responses on aspects such as converting existing lights to more energy-efficient LEDs. More than 70% of the responses received supported the upgrade.
Leeds City Council has also carried out an energy saving business case review on the issue which has found that the costs of upgrading all street lights in the city to LEDs are now significantly more attractive than was previously the case.
A full report with the recommendations to proceed is expected to be put before the council’s executive board for consideration in September of this year.
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Councillor Richard Lewis said:
“Having listened to what people told us and also our own review of the financial aspects, there is now a clear positive case for upgrading all street lights in the city to more energy-efficient LEDs.
“It is important to stress this is only a recommendation at this stage, the proposal will be fully considered and debated by the executive board in September.”