Thursday, 7 October 2010

Smart Technology Lighting -Reducing Costs for Bradford on Avon

SMART TECHNOLOGY LIGHTING - REDUCING COSTS FOR BRADFORD ON AVON
To reduce unnecessary costs, up to 10% of Bradford on Avon’s street lights could, in the early hours, be switched off using smart technology. From around midnight to 5:30 in the morning these street lights would be unlit.
The lights would still look the same - the smart technology is internal to the lamps - and would not be switched off permanently. They would come on at the usual times, but, in the middle of the night, would switch off, before coming on again for early morning travelers.
Installing the new lamps will help to reduce energy costs. In addition, the community’s carbon footprint will shrink and there will be less pollution of the night sky.
WHAT HAS MADE THIS POSSIBLE?
Wiltshire Council is making available £5,000 to each Area Board which is to be spent on installing the smart technology. The money relates to this budget year (2010 / 2011) and should be spent within that timeframe, which is why we progressing the project as quickly as possible. It is hoped that further funding will be available in future years.
WHAT ARE THE FACTORS BEING CONSIDERED?
Reducing energy costs and CO² emissions are key, but certain lights can not be switched off. Safety and security must be considered – we want to lower lighting levels, not create dark spots.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Bradford on Avon Town Council is supporting this project and the associated consultation in which householders and local businesses are being asked to supply details of lights that should be converted to the smart technology. An initial list of suitable lights will then be prepared. A limited number of new units are available so not all selections may be implemented this time round. Furthermore, safety and security issues as well as differing views on the suitability of lights may impose limitations but hopefully as many suggestions as possible will be implemented.
Based on the initial list, there will be further consultation with those living near the lights. In addition, details of the proposed changes will be made available to the community as a whole.
After responses to the consultation have been received, a final list will be drawn up and put to the Bradford on Avon Town Council for their approval. Plans approved will then be reviewed by the Area Board and subject to their agreement, the list of lights will be passed on to Wiltshire’s technical team for final assessment and implementation in the early part of 2011.
HOW DO I HAVE MY SAY?
You can either write or email, giving details of suitable light(s). Include the name of the road on which the light is located and the light’s specific position, plus your name and contact details.
Write to: Bradford on Avon Smart Technology Light Team, c/o Bradford on Avon Town Council, St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DE or
Email: boasmarttechlight@gmail.com
For example, your suggestion might be the street light on XYZ Street outside nos 51 and 53. Please include your contact details in case we need to clarify your suggestion.
Closing date for initial nominations 22nd October 2010 .
FURTHER QUESTIONS?
If you still have further questions, please email them to Bradford on Avon Smart Technology Light Team at boasmarttechlight@gmail.com or phone Wiltshire Council on 01225 718450

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