Council rolls out £314k street light replacement scheme

PUBLISHED: 11:45 07 June 2012

Weston and Worle will receive the upgrades

Weston and Worle will receive the upgrades

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AROUND 300 street lights will be replaced by North Somerset Council over the next few months, at a cost of £314,000.

Weston and Worle will have 154 and 141 old-style concrete columns replaced respectively, in favour of aluminium ones, with a life expectancy of more than 70 years.

And existing yellow lights will be replaced with white equivalents which will operate at half power between 8pm and 6am. The scheme will be completed in the New Year.

In Weston the work will be carried out in Walliscote Road, Albert Quadrant, Arundell Road, Bristol Road Lower, Upper Bristol Road, and part of Spring Hill.

The North Worle and Church Road areas are the other sites targeted by the initiative.

Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, the council’s deputy leader and executive member for highways, said: “Not only are these lighting columns all recyclable but the lights now being used incorporate the latest dimming technology, reducing energy, maintenance costs, and reducing carbon emissions, helping us to meet government targets for energy efficiencies.”

The move follows the council’s announcement in August that it plans to turn off or dim many street lights across North Somerset, in a bid to save an estimated £200,000 over the next two years.

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