Reporting faulty street lighting will be a thing of the past in Rochdale thanks to new state-of-the-art lampposts being installed across the borough.
All the street lights are being replaced with new lighting columns that use technology to save energy and monitor the system remotely.
The new lights will not look much different but the high tech monitoring system will allow the lights to be dimmed during off-peak periods and highlight any problems that need fixing.
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council member Jacqueline Beswick, cabinet member for partnerships, said: “I think everyone involved wants to see a safe environment for local residents across the whole borough, and good street lighting is a very important part of this.
“This new lighting will also be making a big contribution to the borough’s carbon reduction commitment. Our new energy efficient lighting will save the council money and there will be reduced maintenance costs.”
The project is a joint Private Finance Initiative (PFI) between Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Oldham Council and energy company E.ON. The project will see thousands of street lights, signs, beacons, bollards and subway lighting replaced by 2016.
Greg Watson of E.ON Energy, said: “It’s a great sight to see the new team starting work to provide a safer environment and a more energy efficient lighting system for the residents and businesses in Oldham and Rochdale.
“The investment locally is a blueprint for local authorities across the country, delivering considerable reductions in energy consumption and costs whilst keeping the lights on and streets safe for residents.”