Bright idea to save money on street lighting in town

A BRIGHT idea to save £885,000 in energy bills will be on display next Saturday.

The county council’s plan to switch from street lights to LED lighting is in the limelight.

The plans will be on display at Hastings Museum, Old Town Hall, High Street, on Saturday, March 8 from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Maps showing the changes in Old Hastings ward will be on display for people to look at and members of the county council’s street lighting team will answer questions from the public and listen to people’s observations.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC)is replacing around 5,500 of the borough’s old orange and yellow street lights in the town with energy-saving white LED lights.

The change is part of the authority’s drive to reduce its energy budget for the whole of East Sussex by £885,000 over the next three years and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 2,800 tonnes.

The council has already saved around £340,000 a year and reduced its CO2 consumption by 2,000 tonnes from switching to LED lights in Eastbourne and introducing part night lighting in other parts of the county.

More details on the changeover in Hastings, which is expected to continue until Spring 2015, are available online by logging onto

Alternatively pop in to Hastings Library, in Claremont, or call the county council on 01273 337162.