Cllr Mike Maryon and engineer Andy Boote with one of the illuminated bollards

A new road lighting scheme that aims to cut energy costs is being rolled out across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways team are replacing illuminated bollards with new reflective replacements in a bid to reduce electricity costs.

Around 1,000 of the 1,100 illuminated bollards that have been earmarked to be improved across the county have already been replaced.

The project will cost around £700,000 but once it has been completed it is hoped it will achieve annual savings of £150,000.

This means that the upgrade will have paid for itself within 4.5 years, after which it will save Staffordshire taxpayers £150,000 every 12 months, thanks to reduced maintenance and running costs.

Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Environment, said:

“This one off investment will not only pay for itself but will save the county council money during each and every year that the reflective bollards are in place.

“They don’t use electricity which means the county will save £24,000 in energy bills per year.”

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