An extra £103,000 is to be invested across Ealing to help stamp out antisocial behaviour.
Ealing Council is hoping to make the borough safer for residents with the announcement that three more areas prone to antisocial behaviour and crime will benefit from improved lighting.
The cabinet heard that three new schemes will receive £103,000 in total to improve visibility and safety.
The schemes are the footbridge from Perryn Road to St Dunstan’s Avenue, Acton; Shrublands Lane, Acton; and Cathay Walk, Northolt; which were chosen following reports from residents, ward councillors and the police.
This is the fifth year of the council’s Street Lighting Improvement Programme and, so far, 23 streets have been upgraded of which 14 have also been converted to low energy LED lighting.
Council data showed that, on average, between April 2013 and February 2015, crimes dropped by 17% across the completed schemes.
In addition, the council is currently replacing its 22,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights.
Except for the ornate streetlights in conservation areas and town centres, all will be converted to modern LED technology, improving night-time visibility and saving the council more than £500,000 a year in energy and environmental costs.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “These schemes are warmly received by residents and the police, but not by criminals who don’t like well-lit roads and lanes.
"This latest funding brings our total investment in the Street Lighting Improvement Programme to more than £500,000 which, in my view, is money well spent.
“And as we continue to replace our out of date high-pressure sodium lights with LED lanterns, the whole borough will benefit from better visibility; reducing road accidents and helping people to feel safer at night.”
The decision was taken by Ealing Council’s cabinet on Tuesday (May 19). All cabinet decisions are subject to a call-in period of five working days from the date of publication of the minutes of the meeting.