other local councils with their streetlight maintenance.
The scheme will also make it easier for people to report street lighting
with a single free phone number.
The county council's buying power for street lighting maintenance and energy
means that an improved and more efficient service should be available
without additional cost to local councils and residents.
Joan Girling, member of the county council's executive committee said:
'Local councils have legal duties in relation to their street lights. This
scheme will give them peace of mind, knowing that their lights are being
professionally managed. It will also give them best value by benefiting from
the buying power which comes with the 55,000 streetlights which the county
The scheme is being supported by the county council's maintenance
contractor, Eastern Contracting Ltd. and by the Suffolk Association of Local
Mary Mitson Woods, county secretary of the Suffolk Association of Local
Councils (SALC), said: 'The scheme will benefit those town and parish
councils which are responsible for street lighting. It will become an
integral part of their best value strategy with its opportunity for
increased efficiency and cost effectiveness. Local councils are of course
free to decide if they wish to join the scheme, but I believe that it has
many advantages for them.'
Steve Fordham, general manager for Eastern Contracting Lighting Division,
said: 'Eastern Contracting already provide lighting maintenance services to
many local councils. We will of course continue to provide a good quality
service under existing contracts. We do, however, understand the benefits
of the new scheme to local councils and to the community. We are therefore
happy to assist the county council with the transfer of contracts.'
Any local councils interested in the scheme should contact Bernard Rushbrook
on 01473 583137 for an information sheet.