Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed confirmation that all of Drogheda’s ageing street lights will be replaced with new and more efficient LED Lights.
Cllr. Flood said, “I had raised the issue around Drogheda’s aging street lighting last year after consulting with Airtricity when there were delays repairing out of order street lights. At that stage they informed me that the technology in our current street lights was defunct and replacement bulbs were hard to come by.”
Indeed, some of the bulbs were almost 40 years old.
Cllr Flood said “At the last Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee meeting, we were informed that a National Public Lighting Upgrade project will be rolled out to help the Local Authorities and TII reach their national energy efficiency targets, reduce energy and maintenance costs to improve and provide a better service to the public.
“I am happy to confirm that the replacement programme will start next year and conclude a year later in 2021. “The new LED street lights provide better public lighting and use up to 50-60% less energy than the current orange haze of the older street lights. The new LED bulbs are easier to maintain which will see fewer out of order street lights in the future.”
Concluding Cllr. Flood said “The LED’s are expected to last for 25 years and are being financed by way of a 14 year loan which is an investment in our street lighting and we will see the savings at that time. We need to be more circumspect with the public’s money and invest in services wisely and this is a good example of that.”