street lights TURN them up

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
would you please turn the led lights up, so that it makes getting attacked and falling over less of a certainy would also stop a lot of the scooters and bikes from being stolen and antie social people would stay in ---- so we can see people waiting to cross roads --as a highly trained person has been touring area for residents-- and is appalled by the darkness on every street and moterways and has compilled a fact sheet but you do not need that to know how dark it is --- tell me what money is saved by turning these lights off which we pay council tax for

Yours faithfully,

pt ogorman

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr P T O’Gorman,

 

Thank you for your FOI request where your concern was regarding the
brightness/dimness of local street lighting. Please see our response as
follows.

 

Wirral has no street lights intentionally switched off. We do have a
number of lights that have been out for some time on main routes due to
cable faults and are the subject of either fault location investigation or
contracts being placed for cable replacement.

 

There are other ad—hoc light faults, and these are due to a number of
factors, such as luminaire replacement that may require new lantern units
or other parts. Currently, approximately 6% of our 35,000 lighting stock
is out, the national average being 5% and seasonally, this is the high
point of the year for lights out.

 

On main routes some lights are dimmed from about 11:00hrs (times vary) but
as they are LED lights the lamination is equivalent to the replaced sodium
lights.

 

I can confirm Wirral is investing some £11m in street lighting over the
next 3 years to replace the existing lighting stock, much of the funding
is coming from barrowing and being paid back due to energy savings from
using LED lights.

 

I trust this answers your information request and that you are fully
satisfied with the data we have provided to you, today.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8397

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'street lights TURN them up'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ] they responded that theyb do turn light s down at 11pm and that a lot of lights are not working --dont you think it is not very heath and safety wise to turn lights off when a lot are not working anyway --also did not reply how much money is saved by this practice ---

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Yours faithfully,

pt ogorman

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear P T O’Gorman

 

We write in response to your request for an internal review of the
Council’s response to your FOI request dated 14 February 2019.

 

You have stated in your correspondence:

 

“…they responded  that they do turn lights down at 11pm and that a lot of
lights are not working –don’t you think it is not very health and safety
wise to turn lights off when a lot are not working anyway --also did not
reply how much money is saved by this practice ---”

 

I have reviewed the response sent to you.  It does not state, as
suggested, that lights are turned off.  Please see below.

 

Thank you for your FOI request where your concern was regarding the
brightness/dimness of local street lighting. Please see our response as
follows.

 

Wirral has no street lights intentionally switched off. We do have a
number of lights that have been out for some time on main routes due to
cable faults and are the subject of either fault location investigation or
contracts being placed for cable replacement.

 

There are other ad-hoc light faults and these are due to a number of
factors, such as luminaire replacement that may require new lantern units
or other parts. Currently, approximately 6% of our 35,000 lighting stock
is out, the national average being 5% and seasonally, this is the high
point of the year for lights out.

 

On main routes some lights are dimmed from about 11:00hrs (times vary) but
as they are LED lights the lamination is equivalent to the replaced sodium
lights.

 

I can confirm Wirral is investing some £11m in street lighting over the
next 3 years to replace the existing lighting stock, much of the funding
is coming from barrowing and being paid back due to energy savings from
using LED lights.

 

The Council’s total energy bill per year for street lighting is
approximately £4.3m.  Savings per year from using LED lighting is in the
region of £1.7m.  This represents a saving in broad terms of around 30%
although this is a fluctuating sum based on a number of factors such as
energy costs etc.  These savings are used to finance borrowing for the
scheme of improvement, with payback over a 5 year period.

 

I am satisfied that the response provided to you was correct and fully
answered the questions posed.  If you remain dissatisfied, you may
complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office who can be contacted at
[1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Business Management

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

 

Tel: 0151 691 8201

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