Street Lighting

Streetlight maintenance
Streetlight maintenance

Report a fault

In office hours you can also phone: 0345 60 80 193.

Please provide the location of the street light and if possible give the number (usually found on the side facing the road) and a description of the fault, eg light off at night, light on in daytime, vandalism etc.

Changes to Street Lighting

To save money and reduce our carbon emissions in Hastings and Eastbourne we are changing our older yellow street lights to LED lights. In other areas of East Sussex we have turned off some of our street lights at night, reduced the number of lights in some streets and dimmed others between midnight and the early hours.

We know some of you will have concerns so we have created a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the LED Lighting scheme and also the part night lighting scheme which may help:

FAQs – LED Lighting

FAQs – Part Night Street Lighting.

See our page about Changes to Street Lighting in East Sussex.

Maintenance and repair targets

Street lights and illuminated traffic signs are regularly maintained and inspected, including:

  • patrols (at night) – monthly
  • inspections, tests and cleaning every six years

We maintain more than 40,000 street lights and illuminated signs. Some street lights in the county are the responsibility of the Highways Agency and local district or borough councils.

We aim to:

  • repair faults within ten working days of being reported (excluding UKPN Network faults)
  • carry out emergency work within one hour of the fault being reported

We design and install new lighting schemes when lighting columns have reached the end of their serviceable life, to help reduce the risk of night-time accidents and improve public safety.

Conservation areas

Old or damaged street lights are usually replaced with standard street lights, depending on the category of the road. If the road is in a sensitive or conservation area, we ask other local councils to help with extra costs for non-standard street lights. If no funds are available, standard lighting is installed.

Standard street light columns in sensitive or conservation areas are repainted every ten years. Standard columns are not painted.

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