Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Will you please inform me how much was spent each financial year, commencing April 2006 in additional salary for council officers of the Technical Services Department engaged in street light "scouting" rounds.
How many officers are engaged in such duties, each year, together with the total number of inspection rounds conducted each year.
In these austere times, what plans are in place to replace the need for "scouting" and instead invest the money in technology to negate the need for physical checking.
Thank you for your request below, I would like to apologise for the delay
in responding to your query, please see responses provided by Highway
Maintenance Division, Technical Service below.
Please see information requested regarding additional payments, no. of
inspection rounds and number of officers for each financial year.
Total Additional Total No. Of
Year Salary Payments Officers
2006-07 £41,625 685 43
2007-08 £36,808 591 39
2008-09 £31,556 491 39
2009-10 £30,753 488 37
2010-11 £26,925 463 37
2011-12 £24,277 407 29
In response to question ' What plans are in place to replace the need for
"scouting" and instead invest the money in technology to negate the need
for physical checking?'
At present we have approximately 3% of the street lights under the control
of a Remote Monitoring System. The rate of progress towards rolling the
system out across the Council's street lighting stock is determined by the
available finance and in the present climate it is unlikely that the
Council's main road stock will be converted within the next 5 years. As
for the residential side road lights, the potential energy savings are not
likely to give a short enough payback period to justify the level of
The annual cost per light for monitoring by the system is £2 compared to
less than £1 per light p.a. for night inspection hence the the main driver
for deploying the system is energy savings with reduction/stopping
scouting inspections as an additional bonus.
It is likely that the future will be a combination of remote monitoring on
main roads and low power-long life lighting units in residential areas.
Another development may be smart metering which is presently being
trialled in street lights and there may be some scope for identifying
inoperative lights through the smart meter by changes in the energy
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