In a meeting with members of Eden District Council on the issue of footway lighting, Rory has pressed for the council to take the lead on using innovative, smart LED lighting solutions to help reduce lighting costs in the area. Following Eden Council’s latest proposals, Rory met with environment portfolio holder, Councillor Mike Tonkin, to better understand the council’s approach, and how best the local MP can offer further support. By focusing on solutions which use the latest smart technology, Rory hopes to be able to gain additional support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Rory said:

“Trying to find a sensible and affordable solution that recognises and addresses the concerns of local, rural communities who fear being plunged into darkness, has not been easy. Eden Council have had an incredibly difficult task in hand. I continue to believe however that smart technology remains the key to helping solve this. LED lighting can drop costs for councils by 85 per cent, and I would like Eden to take the national lead in introducing this new technology. I would also like us to take advantage of amazing recent technological developments, particularly when it comes to energy use, and tackling fuel poverty. Given the level of local concern on footway lighting, I remain committed to doing all I can to help, and I hope now to work with Eden Council to put forward a strong proposal to DECC for additional support.”

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