£6.7m contract set to improve street lighting

A £6.7m contract to improve street lighting across North Somerset will be discussed by councillors on Tuesday (4 December).

North Somerset Council’s executive will be asked to approve the award of a four-year contract (with the possibility of a two-year extension) to Centregreat Ltd from Bridgend for the replacement of street lighting, maintenance of illuminated road signs and on going routine maintenance.

The council’s current contract with Scottish and Southern Electric Contracting (SSEC) finishes at the end of March.

The new contract will see all street lights upgraded to LED units during a two-year programme.

The contract will also include the replacement of the council’s remaining corroded concrete lighting columns with new galvanised steel units being installed throughout North Somerset.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for roads said the new contract would improve street lighting for residents.

“Many of our street lights have reached the end of their life. This contract will see these outdated concrete columns replaced with new galvanised steel units. The lighting units will be replaced with low energy LED units which will conserve energy helping the environment and reducing the drain on council resources.

“The initial investment in improving the condition of our street lighting will be recouped in future years with reduced maintenance and operating costs.”

If approved the new contract will begin in April and work to replace the street lights will start in November 2019.