LED lights get a knock-back

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Hay­ley My­att

Res­i­dents in a Cam­bus­lang hous­ing es­tate are up in arms af­ter they claimed a coun­cil-run lamp­post re­pair pro­gramme has left their streets in dark­ness.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are re­plac­ing old sodium bulbs with en­ergy ef­fi­cient LED lights – to save money and cut car­bon emis­sions.

But res­i­dents have blasted the scheme claim­ing safety is at risk and chil­dren are fright­ened to play in the streets as there is so lit­tle light.

It’s un­der­stood the street lights are too bright when pointed at houses.

As a re­sult, res­i­dents in Half­way’s Gate Side Park es­tate are fu­ri­ous that bulbs only shine on the road, leav­ing pave­ments and drive­ways in vir­tual dark­ness.

Laura Sweeten, who lives in the es­tate, has com­plained to the coun­cil about the is­sue.

She said: “They have not been able to carry out a full as­sess­ment but they will be round and take a look at it.

“But they said the new LED lights are, ap­par­ently, more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient and cost sav­ing, and should be at the same level of light.

“I’m all for LED and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, and money sav­ing, but not when your prop­erty safety has been com­pro­mised.

“Nor­mally the chil­dren who live here would all go out and play.

“But my son was out the other night and I wanted to pull him in.

“You can’t see, you can only see the street area.

“Be­ing out on your own you don’t feel safe.

“It’s quite in­tim­i­dat­ing and eerie light­ing.”

Lynn Hamil­ton, who lives in the area, said she wouldn’t go out alone with the new, low-light­ing.

“The lights are use­less,” she added. “I wouldn’t like to be walk­ing up here late at night.”

Other res­i­dents, how­ever, be­lieve the coun­cil are do­ing the right thing to save money.

One res­i­dent, who would not be named, said: “The new LED light­ing has proven to be very cost-ef­fec­tive, and is in line with do­ing our bit for cli­mate change as dis­cussed at global sum­mits.

“It’s not the coun­cil’s obli­ga­tion to en­sure that street light il­lu­mi­nate your car or prop­erty.”

Wal­ter Bro­gan, coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang East, con­firmed he had nu­mer­ous com­plaints from res­i­dents.

He said: “There are recog­nised is­sues with the new light­ing that are im­pact­ing sev­eral ar­eas of Cam­bus­lang East and be­yond.

“I am wait­ing on a tech­ni­cal ex­pla­na­tion. The street light­ing is­sues are that they don’t cover a wide enough range or they are too bright when pointed to houses. Other com­mu­ni­ties and coun­cil­lors are rais­ing con­cerns.”

James Kelly MSP has also been con­tacted, and he said: “I’m glad to see work be­ing done to in­tro­duce bet­ter light­ing to Gate Side Park but there are a few is­sues which I know of.

“I’ve been in con­tact with lo­cal coun­cil­lors and res­i­dents and I hope that a res­o­lu­tion can be reached soon.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion, Gor­don Mackey, said: “We’ve em­barked on a £19.5m street light­ing in­vest­ment pro­gramme, with £6.2m be­ing spent this year on in­stalling ap­prox­i­mately 30,000 LED units and other im­prove­ments.

“We will be mon­i­tor­ing the ef­fects of in­tro­duc­ing LED light­ing on our roads with re­spect to any ac­ci­dents oc­cur­ring dur­ing the hours of dark­ness.

“We can also read­ily check light­ing lev­els if mem­bers of the pub­lic have any con­cerns about the new light­ing at spe­cific lo­ca­tions.”

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