Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Respond to KCC’s consultation on street lighting

Kent County Council (KCC) has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LEDs are significantly more efficient than the existing lights.

As the new LED / CMS technology is more flexible, KCC has the opportunity to review the way they provide street lighting. They want to hear your views on the options for street lighting across the county. Your responses will be used to inform the Council Members’ decision-making process for a new street lighting policy.

They would like to know which of the following options you would prefer:

Part-night lighting - the current level of service
All-night lighting
Along with these options they are also seeking your views on the dimming of street lights when roads are less busy.

Populist politicians of nearly all parties are making a fuss over cutting street lighting along the usual lines: it’s an open invitation to muggers/robbers/thieves, etc, and will lead to more accidents. A recent study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found, however, no change apparent in road collisions or crime in areas with reduced street lighting.

Green Party thinking is that turning street lights off is worth doing for the carbon savings and reduction in light pollution (which is harmful to bird life, etc). It would therefore be good if all members participate in the KCC consultation & back the Part Night Lighting option to counter all the negative views currently coming in.

To fill out the consultation, go to: http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/streetlighting/consultationHome

You will have to register, if not already registered with KCC, but it should take at most a quarter of an hour to complete the consultation. The deadline for receipt of responses is Sunday 29th November 2015.