Monday 15 July 2019

New public lighting needed in fight against anti-social behaviour

Installing revamped public lighting in Moneymore and a number of other local estates would make a huge difference in the fight against anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed.

The issue was raised by Councillor Paul Bell in a notice of motion at the May meeting of Drogheda Municipal District when he called on the council to replace the existing public lighting system with new LED white lights in support of the communities of Moneymore, Rathmullan Park, St Finian's Park and Ballsgrove in their fight against antisocial and criminal activity.

He said the LED white lights are proven to be more effective than the existing orange/yellow light system.

'LED lights are proven to give greater confidence to communities subjected to antisocial and criminal behaviour and are also more effective and efficient in the delivery of public lighting,' he said in the motion.

In a written response, Louth County Council said it continues to operate and maintain 14,000 lights.

'Due to increasing energy costs associated with the existing lights, LCC have no funding to retrofit lights to LED on the scale requested,' a spokesperson said.

'Louth County Council (LCC) have signed up to the national lighting efficiency programme. This is a public lighting upgrade programme to replace all of the public lights in the county with LED lights over the coming years. The pace of the programme will depend on available funding and approval of a capital investment loan.'

Drogheda Independent