A bright idea from the council cuts costs

The switch to anti-light pollution LED street lighting has resulted in a welcome drop in electricity consumption for Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The consumption per light has dropped annually from 318 kw an hour in 2013 to 270 in 2015.

Mid Galloway Councillor Aliastair Geddes, speaking at the Wigtown Area Committee meeting on Wednesday said the new lights were “brilliant” as there was little light pollution emitting from towns and villages.

The Council’s Fraser Marshall said that the scheme to replace all lights with LED’s was now in its third year and was “a success story”.

But councillors had complaints from the public about lights being on when they were not needed, LED lights needing to be replaced the same week they were installed and dark patches on pavements.