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Street lighting in Suffolk

In recent years, Councils across Suffolk have moved to part-night lighting to cut costs and reduce light pollution.

Highway or road standard street lighting is the responsibility of Suffolk County Council or the Highways Agency, but the District and Borough Councils are responsible for some ‘footway standard’ lighting.

Suffolk Coastal District Council is responsible for 1,735 footway standard lighting units in towns and parishes across the district. These are units that are 6 metres or below in height located in some residential areas, in public car parks, public gardens, alley ways linking residential streets and bus stops.

Footway standard lighting is where;

  • The spacing between the lighting units is 48 metres or greater, or
  • The lighting units are not in a system of street lighting which is 3 lights in 183 metres, or
  • The lighting units are not on an adoptable highway, such as in a car park, alleyway or public gardens

Suffolk Coastal's moves to 'part-night' lighting

Suffolk Coastal will move across to part-night lighting from the beginning of June, 2016.

The move, following the installation of an intelligent lighting system, is expected to save the Council about £30,000 a year and reduce CO2 emissions.

Suffolk Coastal's Cabinet agreed that, where appropriate, 'part-night' lighting should be introduced for the Council’s footway standard lighting at a meeting in December 2013.

Cabinet also agreed to invest about £90,000 to install the intelligent lighting system for the Council's lighting. The installation investment expenditure should be recovered in approximately three years due to reduced energy costs.

Other benefits include the ability to control and monitor the units remotely, providing greater energy efficiency and flexibility of operation.

With the introduction of part-night lighting, the majority of the Council's lighting units will be switched off between the hours of midnight and 5.30am, with the exception of:

  • Lighting where sheltered accommodation for the elderly - to remain as all-night lighting.
  • Alleyway linking residential street or at bus stop - to remain as all-night lighting.
  • Car park lighting - to remain as all-night lighting.
  • Bus stops - to remain as all-night lighting.

The intelligent street lighting system, which will allow part-night lighting to be introduced, has now been installed and the part-night lighting system will be implemented from 1st June 2016.

Suffolk Coastal owned lighting

Suffolk Coastal District Council is responsible for 1,735 footway standard lighting units in towns and parishes across the district. Highway or road standard lighting units are the responsibility of Suffolk County Council or the Highways Agency.

Maps of towns and parishes with Suffolk Coastal owned lighting

Number of lighting units shown in brackets (). Suffolk Coastal owned lights are shown as green or blue dots. Please note that since the Map for Aldeburgh was produced a number of SCDC owned lighting units were upgraded and their ownership transferred to Suffolk County Council.
Aldeburgh (17) Aldringham cum Thorpe (14) Benhall (7) Blythburgh (1) Bramfield (15) Dennington (15)
Felixstowe (236) Framlingham (6) Friston (5) Great Glemham (1) Grundisburgh (6) Hollesley (5)
Huntingfield (5) Kesgrave (3) Kirton (7) Knodishall (37) Leiston (39) Levington (2)
Martlesham (219) Melton (96) Nacton (2) Orford (39) Peasenhall (18) Purdis Farm (23)
Rendlesham (24) Rushmere St Andrew (84) Saxmundham (10) Sibton (1) Snape (5) Sternfield (1)
Sudbourne (8) Trimley St Martin (78) Trimley St Mary (161) Tunstall (6) Wenhaston (40) Westleton (19)
Wickham Market (68) Witnesham (19) Woodbridge (372) Yoxford (21)  

Street lighting in Suffolk

The County Council has introduced an intelligent lighting system which provides computer-based communication with individual street lights allowing part-night operation, dimming, adjustment for actual light levels and for different days of the week or for events when lights need to stay on longer.

Introducing the system is saving at least £750,000 per year in energy costs and delivering significant CO2 reduction. For more information about street lighting and part-night lighting visit the Suffolk County Council website. Any queries should be directed to streetlighting@suffolk.gov.uk.