Bath & North East Somerset Council recognises that street lighting is important to Householders, Parish Councils, Residents Associations and Motorists. Not only as amenity lighting, but also for security reasons, in the reduction of crime and the fear of crime, and with respect to road safety, as a measure to assist with the reduction of night time accidents.
The Council has a duty to ensure that all Illuminated Street Furniture i.e. streetlights and illuminated traffic signs installed upon the adopted highway, remain operational. The Council currently employs Scottish & Southern Electric (SSE) to maintain the 16,000 Street Lights and 2,000 Illuminated Traffic Signs and Bollards.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find a list of frequently asked Street Lighting queries (outside of immediate faults) below and in the column to the left. If your query is not found here please contact us by emailing Council_Connect@bathnes.gov.uk
- Applying for a new street lighting scheme - Community Safety
- Attachment of banners to street lighting columns
- Attachment of Neighbourhood Watch signs to columns
- Electrical supplies for Christmas lighting
- Re-siting a street lighting column
- Shielding the rear of a lantern
- Reporting a street lighting fault
- Street lighting policy
Street lighting improvement works
Column Replacement Programme
As part of the Street Lighting Maintenance Programme, every column is given a visual inspection at least once in a three year period and allocated a Structural Condition Level:
1 GOOD - indicates that there is a possible need for replacement between 15 and 25 years
2 ADEQUATE - indicates a possible need for replacement between 5 and15 years
3 POOR - indicates the possible need for replacement within the next 5 years.
We know that we have a number of columns at any given time which will require replacing within 5 years. However there are other columns of certain design or age that are very close to life expiry and these are also being changed as soon as is practicable.
Owing to the fact that we are dealing with the older columns it follows that the roads which they illuminate have lighting levels below the current standards for the present traffic carried. Also, the lanterns are usually of the ‘low pressure sodium’ type with poor optical control and a yellow-coloured light. This means that the light is produced in virtually all directions but does not render colours visible.
The opportunity is taken therefore to redesign each road as a new scheme to modern standards. This does mean that the new column positions will not necessarily coincide with those existing. The modern lanterns used have either LED lamps or high pressure sodium lamps. Both types have good optical control and enable the light output to be focused down onto the road and footway with no waste of light.
The brackets can be dispensed with, also reducing the visible daytime clutter. The light, being whiter, enables facial features and colours to be recognised. These latter points contribute to a greater sense of well-being and safety, particularly in encouraging people to walk out at night. This in turn can enhance the sense of community.