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BRIGHT IDEA ON COUNCIL STREET LIGHTING

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An innovative scheme has been launched by Suffolk CC to help ...
An innovative scheme has been launched by Suffolk CC to help

other local councils with their streetlight maintenance.

The scheme will also make it easier for people to report street lighting

faults and ensure they are dealt with more quickly by providing residents

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

council owns.'

The scheme is being supported by the county council's maintenance

contractor, Eastern Contracting Ltd. and by the Suffolk Association of Local

Councils (SALC).

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.

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