Ryedale District Council lights the way to a greener future

Ryedale District Council is putting energy-saving LED bulbs in its footway lights in Malton and Norton to cut costs and help the environment.

The scheme will see 296 LED footway lights installed in the two market towns.

Work gets underway on 2 November and is expected to be completed within four weeks. Columns and brackets on the Ryedale District Council owned lights will also be replaced, where this is necessary.

The Malton and Norton LED programme has the potential to save 84% of current energy consumption.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council said:

“This is great news for the citizens of Ryedale and is a step towards delivering on our environmental priorities, set out in the Council Plan and Climate Change Action Plan.

“Replacing the energy-consuming bulbs on our footway lights with LED bulbs saves energy, saves our citizens’ money and it shows that climate change issues are a priority. We’re committed to achieving the best social, economic and environmental benefits for the communities of Ryedale.”

Ryedale District Council is responsible for 593 footway lights, with North Yorkshire County Council maintaining the district’s street lights.

Following the Malton and Norton footway lighting improvements, further surveys will be commissioned by Ryedale District Council. Officers will examine the footway ‘heritage’ lighting in Malton Town Centre, footway lighting in Pickering and a number of rural areas to prepare for phase two of the project.

Ryedale District Council has earmarked £60,000 a year, for the next 10 years to put LED lights in all of its footway lights.