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Selective Part-night Street Lighting

Selective part-night street lighting midnight to 5:30amDue to increasing energy costs and the need to reduce Leeds’ carbon emissions and light pollution, we introduced selective part-night street lighting on main traffic routes in October 2013. Although this was a new initiative to Leeds, it is not a new idea and has been successfully introduced by other Local Authorities since 2007. 

New technologies such as LEDs and solar power have been explored; however, these are still relatively expensive compared to the introduction of part-night lighting. Leeds will continue to monitor future developments of these technologies. 

Please note that all street lights will continue to be lit until midnight and the majority of lights will remain operational throughout the night. Only those selected to be part-night switched will go out at midnight. Signage will identify the lights that will be part-night switched.

By introducing these proposals it has the potential to save around £1.3 million over 10 years at the current energy prices (October 2014). As energy costs continue to increase the potential savings could be even greater. It will also help to reduce carbon emissions for street lighting by 4.7% per year between midnight and 5:30 am. 

Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided the answers to some commonly asked questions but if your question is not answered please contact Leeds City Council, Highways and Transportation at: Highways@leeds.gov.uk​ or write to Selective Part-night Street Lighting, Highways and Transportation, Selectapost 6, Middleton Ring Road, Leeds, LS10 4AX.

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What is part-night street lighting?

Part-night street lighting is the term we use for a light that switches off for part of the night.

Will all street lights be affected?

All street lights could potentially be part-night switched unless they meet the avoidance criteria. However, as part of the current proposals we are anticipating that only 8,000 of the 92,000 street lights in Leeds will be affected. This will consist of a combination of main roads and residential streets.  ​
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What is the avoidance criteria?

Prior to any lights being switched off, on-site risk assessments will be carried out by our Street Lighting team using the avoidance criteria below.

 Part-night switching will be avoided:

-On roads with a significant road traffic accident record during the proposed switch-off period. 
-In areas with an above average record of crime during the proposed switch-off period. 
-In areas with a police record of frequent anti-social behaviour during the proposed switch-off period. 
-In areas provided with CCTV local authority / police surveillance equipment 
-In areas with sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people. 
-Around 24hr operational emergency services sites, including hospitals. 
-At formal pedestrian crossings, subways and enclosed footpaths and alleyways where one end links to a street that is lit all night.
-Where there are potential hazards on the highway such as roundabouts, central carriageway islands, chicanes and traffic calming features. 
-Where public transport stops are in use during the proposed period of switch-off (this was included in response to consultation feedback)

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What are the part-night switching times?

The street lights will be switched off from midnight to 5:30am. The original proposals suggested switching the street lights back on at 6am, however, following on from consultation feedback the time was brought forward.

How will I know if a light in my street is being converted to part-night lighting?

All residents who live on a street where one or more of the street lights have been selected to be part-night switched will receive a letter notifying them of our proposals and provide more detailed information.​​

When will the first street lights be switched off?

The part-night switching initiative commenced in October 2013 on main traffic routes and has been rolled out across Leeds. The programme is moving into residential areas in November 2014 and will progress across the city over the next 2 years.​​

How will I know whether a street light is part night switched or just not working?

​Once selected, lights that are affected in residential areas will have a sign attached. On main roads signs have already been installed on the approach to indicate to pedestrians and motorists that they are entering a part night lighting area. ​​​

Will I get a reduction in my council tax?

No, however this initiative may help to reduce future council tax rises.​​

How can requests be made to turn the lights back on?

If you have received notification that a light in your street is to be part-night switched and you believe it is covered by the avoidance criteria, please call 0113 222 4407; e-mail Highways@leeds.gov.uk or write to: Highways and Transportation,
Selective Part-night Street Lighting,
Selectapost 6
Middleton Ring Road
Leeds LS10 4AX
 
Alternatively contact your local Ward Councillor – details can be found using the the link: ​​​​

Contact your ward councillor

How long will it take to complete the part-night switch off?

Each road requires and individual assessment so it's anticipated that it will take up to three years before all identified streetlights have been assessed and part-night switches have been installed. The initiative should be completed by autumn 2016.​

Monitoring

Reviews will be undertaken by the Street Lighting Partnership Group (membership includes the Emergency Services and our Officers, including the Road Casualty Manager) to determine any cause for concern and action to be taken. If, at any time, the records suggest that there is an unacceptable change in the incidence of crime or road traffic accidents and that the alteration to the street lighting is identified as the cause, then the energy saving measures will be terminated at that location.​

Consultation Review - Key Findings

-67% agreed with switching street lights off from midnight or sooner
-62% agreed with switching street lights back on at 6am or later
-69% agreed with switching street lights off on residential roads
-67% agreed with switching street lights off on main roads
-75% agreed with switching off street lights to save energy costs and carbon emissions
-71% agreed that street lighting helps reduce the fear of crime
-84% agreed with the criteria for where part-night switching should be avoided
-25% of respondents who classified themselves as disabled, are more likely to be out at least once or more times a week after midnight
-25% of respondents living in the Inner South area were more likely to agree to increasing council tax charges to fund increased energy costs

There was no significant difference between gender responses. 

Additional comments that were received as part of the consultation process were included in the overall analysis. The consultation feedback report is available in the downloads section of this page.
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