Modern street lamps for Havant

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MORE than 8,000 lampposts across the Havant area are going to be replaced.

Hampshire County Council has announced it will begin the work in October in replacing the area’s street lights with the latest energy-efficient equipment.

A total of 5,914 lanterns will be replaced at the top of posts with new lighting.

A further 8,099 columns, as well as the lantern, will be replaced as the lampposts are more than 15 years old.

The new lighting stock is aimed at reducing light pollution into the night sky as more light is shone downwards rather than upwards.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of environment at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘A lot of preparation and planning has gone into the Havant Street Lighting programme and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

‘This means co-ordinating works with other schemes and ensuring that work on key roads is planned to take place outside of rush hour periods.

‘This long-term investment will help to improve the county’s energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions.

‘As well as replacing older lighting columns which are coming to the end of their life, the new lamps will improve lighting levels on the ground, reduce light pollution at night and help make people feel safer in town centres and residential streets.’

The scheme is part of a private finance initiative with Scottish and Southern Energy.

It started in April 2010 in Basingstoke and has moved to Gosport, Eastleigh, Hedge End, and Winchester.

So far 38,500 columns and lanterns have been modernised.

Cllr Kendal added: ‘The project is an excellent example of using some of the latest technology to save energy costs.’