Shropshire town street lights replaced with longer lasting LEDs
Market Drayton Town Council has officially replaced all 260 of its street lights with long-life LED systems that they say will be more sustainable, last longer and save thousands in the long run.
The town council decided to replace all of its lights on the town's estates last year at a cost of £60,000, and Jones Lighting has this week installed the last of the new units.
Deputy mayor Roy Aldcroft met with John Francis of Jones Lighting to celebrate the completion.
He said: "They've just completed the project to replace all of the town council's light systems with the new lighting units.
"We estimate that they will save us about 60 per cent of our budget. I won't quote a figure on it but we will save money.
"The county council is playing catch-up in terms of their lighting system, which is in the major roads in the town. They've got a project which is ongoing to change their lights to LEDs."
He said that the new lights are more environmentally friendly than traditional bulbs and won't have to be replaced as often, saving money in maintenance.
Jones Lighting is based in Liverpool and does work for local authorities across the UK.
Shropshire Council said it will take until 2054 for its own stock of lights throughout the county to be fully upgraded to LEDs.