New lamp posts and LEDs to replace ‘downright dangerous’ old columns in Blackburn

Blackburn Citizen: Earl Street in Blackburn under street lights Earl Street in Blackburn under street lights

STREET lights in Blackburn and Darwen are to get a £9 million plus upgrade including removing ‘downright dangerous’ 40-year-old lamp columns.

Senior councillors are set to approve the major investment on Thursday in the latest stage of a major improvement programme to the borough’s highways.

In July last year, Blackburn with Darwen Council launched a £17.5 million scheme to tackle the hundreds of potholes pockmarking its streets and enraging motorists.

Now its executive board is preparing to invest £9.9 million over two years to completely refit street lights with the latest LED technology.

It will include ‘the repair and replacement of defective street lighting columns’.

The item for Thursday’s meeting says: “Many of these columns are almost double their design life, are a liability to Blackburn with Darwen borough council and may be a risk to the public.”

The new lights should halve energy bills for the council, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, cut maintenance costs, and provide a much clearer white light for drivers rather than the yellow sodium glare.

Tory highways spokesman Alan Cottam welcomed the move: “This is a sensible investment to save money,” he said. “Some of the old concrete lighting columns on side streets are more than 40 years old and downright dangerous.

“They have been mended over the years and if a car hits one of them, someone is likely to get killed.”

Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “Over the next two years the council are looking into investing funds in our street lighting to help the borough save money in the long term and complement the current Network Recovery programme to improve our roads.

“These new modern LED street lights will help the council save money.

“They will also reduce its carbon emissions as such this make our network cheaper to maintain and more energy efficient.

“This scheme will see the council invest more than nine million pounds to see the borough’s streets lit by new lights that are guaranteed energy efficient for the next 20 years.”

Contracts for the work, which, the council says, will ‘help improve road safety and have a positive impact on crime and disorder’, are expected to be awarded next month.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:12am Wed 15 Jan 14

bigste says...

Might see the potholes now.
Might see the potholes now. bigste
  • Score: 6

6:57am Wed 15 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets.
Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets. happycyclist
  • Score: 5

9:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

woolywords says...

happycyclist wrote:
Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets.
Robbing Peter, to pay Paul, comes to mind, in the convoluted and complex world of bean-counting.

It's nice to see that our elected leaders have a firm grasp on scientific subjects with comments like, 'They will also reduce its carbon emissions..' It begs the question of, will the residents object to these 'emissions', when planning permission is sought?
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets.[/p][/quote]Robbing Peter, to pay Paul, comes to mind, in the convoluted and complex world of bean-counting. It's nice to see that our elected leaders have a firm grasp on scientific subjects with comments like, 'They will also reduce its carbon emissions..' It begs the question of, will the residents object to these 'emissions', when planning permission is sought? woolywords
  • Score: 2

2:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Interlocutor says...

Alas, no figures given as to the respective power usage, light output and costs of the old and new lighting. You might think a journalist would ask...
Alas, no figures given as to the respective power usage, light output and costs of the old and new lighting. You might think a journalist would ask... Interlocutor
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

happycyclist wrote:
Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets.
We had some installed on our street a few years back, they are much cheaper to run and give out a nice light that hits the floor not causing skyglow so I'm all for them.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Remove them from a motorway junction and then spend £9m lighting our streets up? I'll never understand budgets.[/p][/quote]We had some installed on our street a few years back, they are much cheaper to run and give out a nice light that hits the floor not causing skyglow so I'm all for them. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Oh good it's like the black hole of Calcutta on our street
Oh good it's like the black hole of Calcutta on our street phil kernot
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree