Northampton street lighting to be updated following audit

Published: Friday, 09 November 2018

A major improvement of street lighting in the town will commence next year following an inspection of 1300 Northampton Borough Council owned lights this autumn.

The inspection, which was conducted by Thorn Electrical Ltd in October and November, identified a significant amount of maintenance work is necessary on  lighting in the town, including the repair of  damaged lampposts and light heads, and rewiring where needed. The inspection of the lighting was scheduled after a review confirmed the total number of lights the Borough Council owned.

As the inspection took place, each lighting column was given a unique identification number, and identification labels and details of how members of the public can report any issues have been placed on each column.  

Any lights that could cause a risk to the public were isolated and made safe through the inspection process. Further column signage is to be added at a later date, to any lighting found damaged or needing repair to make the public aware the issue has been logged.

A bid will be made for the works from the 2019/20 capital programme. This will allow a repair and renewal scheme to be rolled out across the borough. Street lighting will be improved, utilising low energy/low running cost options where possible, and a dedicated reporting facility will be introduced.

Councillor Phil Larratt, Deputy Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The Borough’s street lighting in Northampton is well overdue some TLC. Maintenance work was delayed whilst it was established which lights were owned by the Borough Council.

“Once a mapping system was established, we commissioned an inspection of all our lights so that we could plan what works were needed in the future.

“A full inspection report is due by the end of the month, which will help us to make a bid for capital programme funding, to not only make the necessarily repairs to street lighting but to also investigate more energy efficient options and get a proper public reporting facility in place.”