Council invests £15,000 in energy efficient lighting

Town and County Councillor Bill Aron in front of one of the posts and lights that will be replaced

Town and County Councillor Bill Aron in front of one of the posts and lights that will be replaced

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Residents in selected Horncastle streets will soon be able to see the light - thanks to Lincolnshire County Council.

The council is spending more than £15,000 replacing the current street lighting system in Mark Avenue, Chestnut Close, Willow Close and Hazel Drive. It is a part of an on-going county-wide scheme that will sees the authority spend around £600,000 this year.

The council is responsible for more than 67,000 lights.

The programme in Horncastle will see outdated lighting columns - and outdated lights - replaced by the latest energy saving technology.

A council spokesman said: “The changes are being made as part of a rolling programme of replacing outdated lights.

“The columns on Mark Avenue and other streets we will be working on are the old type of concrete columns.

“They’ve not been manufactured for about 40 years so that shows how old they are.

“We’ll leave residents of those streets with a new, steel lighting column that is up to modern standards.

“The lights themselves will be LED and will burn more than 50 per cent less energy than the low pressure sodium ones that are currently installed.”

Horncastle Town and County Councillor Bill Aron welcomed the investment and said: “I’m pleased that the street lighting scheme,is going ahead to replace the old lights.

“I understand that they will be replaced using white light LEDs to be more energy efficient as the current lights are in very poor condition.

“It good to see that despite the cuts, the county council is still investing in Horncastle’s infrastructure”

One Mark Avenue said the new lights were long over-due.

He added: “It’s too dark around here. Perhaps the council will now get around to the state of the roads. They are shocking.”

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