Heritage lighting scheme gets green light

A proposal to roll out 400 new energy-efficient ‘heritage-style’ lamp posts got the green light at Tuesday night’s Cabinet meeting (21 March).

Published: Thursday, 23rd March 2017

Image of a street scene in the borough.

A proposal to roll out 400 new energy-efficient ‘heritage-style’ lamp posts, which will maintain the character of the borough’s historic areas while providing improved safety to pedestrians and motorists, got the green light at Tuesday night’s Cabinet meeting (21 March).

The planned street lighting programme incorporates resident feedback from previous consultations, and will see most of the borough’s ‘heritage-style’ lamp columns upgraded almost ‘like for like’ with more modern, robust versions that are very similar to the existing design.

As well as meeting energy-savings targets by using new LED light bulbs, the lighting level has been carefully selected to be as close to natural light as possible.

The new lighting system will also integrate with Hounslow Highways’ central management system, providing real-time information and the ability to adjust the lighting levels remotely.  It also takes out the need to report faulty street lights as the system will flag up any issues as they happen.

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment at Hounslow Council, said:

“Since the start of their contract, Hounslow Highways has replaced the majority of street lamps across the borough, while we considered the best option for the existing heritage-style columns.

“The decision to go ahead with the upgrade will mean that historic and conservation areas will retain their current look and feel, but we will get improved lighting and more robust assets that will not need to be replaced for at least another 20 years.”
 

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