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NEW heritage-style lighting will be installed in Havant’s conservation areas.

The town will benefit from 8,000 new street lights following a £120m county-wide deal between Hampshire County Council and Scottish and Southern Electric. Work starts in the autumn.

In the conservation areas 17 existing cast iron columns will be restored, 181 existing heritage units will be replaced or upgraded and a further 162 standard units will be replaced with standard equipment.

Consultation with local councils and heritage officers has been carried out to determine the locations for installing the new lighting columns.

Councillor Mel Kendal, executive member for environment and transport, said: ‘More than 55 roads within Havant’s Conservation Areas will see heritage-style lights installed as part of the work programme in the town centre.

‘Both styles of new lighting have many benefits including lower energy bills, clearer white light directed down onto roads and pavements, and reduced carbon emissions.’