Nottinghamshire County Council has reached a milestone in its street light replacement project by erecting the 45,000th new LED lights in the county. The conversion took place in Lonan Close, Forest Town, with the council using their cleaner energy project to replace all old-style, low pressure sodium lights to new, efficient LEDs. Local residents will see a full conversion of all 13,500 lights to new energy-saving LED street lights and up to 500 new columns across the town. The council’s Communities and Place Committee chairman, Councillor John Cottee said: “The old-style orange lights in Mansfield were becoming inefficient. ”LED lighting generates savings in terms of reduced energy bills, benefiting Nottinghamshire tax payers. “The new LED’s require very little maintenance, are generally between 60-70 per cent more efficient and have a longer lifespan. ”Good-quality street lighting is vital to having an excellent, safe highways network, which is a priority for our administration. “In fact we have made additional £20m funding available to help improve our highways across the county. The additional investment is targeted at residential areas, with schemes to improve road surfaces and introduce new safety features where they are required. The £3.2m project in Mansfield started earlier this Spring and is due to be complete by April 2019. Overall, the Council has invested £9.2m in the street light upgrading/ replacement project.