Wiltshire Council’s drive to be carbon neutral by 2030 continues as its low energy street lighting project gets underway.

The council is investing £12m to replace much of its ageing 45,000 lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. Unlike older lights, LED lighting can be dimmed to save energy. The lights will be installed throughout the county, which will see the council make annual savings of around £1m.

The conversion will be carried out quickly in most locations with little disturbance and disruption as it is only the electrical equipment being changed.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for Highways, said: “The project to replace the old stock has had a smooth start and the feedback we’re received so far has been very positive.

“This long-term investment will save money while helping us achieve our ambition of reducing carbon emissions throughout the county – it’s a win-win.”