THOUSANDS of new street lamps are set to be installed across a National Park in a bid to reduce light pollution.
Leaders at Hampshire County Council have agreed to spend £1m on installing new lanterns in the South Downs National Park.
A total of 3,600 lights in residential streets across the South Downs and New Forest have been earmarked for replacements.
The lights have already been trialled at Hedge End.
The lanterns, which can be dimmed, are around twice the price of a conventional street light.
But leaders are keen to reduce light pollution in rural areas.
The scheme is being paid for through the Private Finance Initiative with Scottish and Southern Energy. A report which went before Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of environment on the county council, said: ‘Thus far, LED lanterns have only been used in locations where light intrusion issues have needed to be resolved, or else they have been used as bespoke solutions within heritage lanterns.
‘This type of lighting will reduce light pollution and be able to be dimmed, where appropriate, providing further energy savings.’