LIGHTING professionals have urged the Government to address the UK’s decaying street lighting infrastructure by facilitating new investment in LED lighting.
The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) met Home Secretary Priti Patel this week to inform her that ‘a major problem was looming’ if street lighting columns were not replaced within their normal design life.
Ultimately, if nothing is done then a serious incident could occur, the organisation warned.
ILP vice president for products Scott Pengelly and vice president for Government & Policy Alistair Scott spelled out the implications to Patel at her Witham constituency.
The other main issues that were discussed included:
Skills shortage: the ILP said it welcomed the £3 billion national skills fund but warned that the current experience with the Modern Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship levy is that they ‘are not working for the industry and for SMEs’.
Climate change: there is a major benefit of investment in LED lighting with respect to reducing energy consumption and the ILP suggested that more local authorities should be encouraged with funding to invest to save. The vice presidents also raised the benefit of the government backed funding schemes.
The Home Secretary undertook to bring these issues to the attention of her relevant government colleagues and the ILP will continue to work with government at all levels to promote the benefits of good lighting.
The meeting came about as a result of the ILP pre-election campaign to highlight the lighting priorities to all prospective MPs.
They introduced the ILP as one of the licenced professional engineering institutions of the Engineering Council, explained that the purpose of the ILP is to promote excellence in lighting and that the ILP provided excellent education and technical guidance for members and the wider public.