Angus has slashed its street lighting bill by a whopping 430,000.
The six-figure under-spend is forecast to bring the annual bill down from 1.266 million to a shade more than 830,000, with savings going to help tackle winter weather on the area’s roads.
The street lighting under-spend was a bright element of a report to councillors on the projected end-of-year position on an Angus Council budget, which totals around 250 million. Technical chiefs said the savings had been achieved through a number of areas, including a lower unit price at the start of a new contract.
The report added: “The roads business unit has undertaken significant street lighting infrastructure improvement works recently, which have resulted in the replacement of inefficient lamps with new energy-efficient units, which results in significantly reduced energy consumption.
“Technical and property services is estimating a revenue budget under-spend of 745,000. This can be split 241,000 property and 504,000 roads and transport.
“The roads and transport under-spend can be further split between street lighting energy 430,000 and others 74,000 respectively. The top contingency provision for the projected under-spend will be to help soften any winter roads budget overspend which may arise in the coming months.”