MORE than 15,000 new street lights will be installed around the borough to cut costs and protect motorists and pedestrians.
Harrow Council will replace the borough’s 15,500 street lights with LED lighting over the next seven years, saving more than £200,000 each year because they are more efficient, and aim to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians by creating more light.
However, some neighbours in Pinner are unhappy the traditional lantern-style lamps have been replaced with a modern style.
Cliff Lichfield, of Tookes Green, Pinner, said: “While the residents appreciate that the original lamp posts were ageing and the council has a responsibility to minimise costs, we feel strongly that new, black, 5m-high posts, with decorative lanterns of traditional appearance, but with the reduced running costs of LED lighting units, should be sourced.
“The short term compromise put in place by the council, by placing the old lanterns on top of the six metre poles is simply not acceptable.”
Cynthia Wells, of The Pinner Association, said: “The Pinner Association is concerned to find that the rather elegant, lantern-style lamp posts at Tookes Green are being replaced by modern LED economy lamp standards. The association alerted Harrow Council’s Conservation Area officer to what was happening, who in turn has drawn the matter to the attention of the council department responsible for authorising the work.”
Mr Lichfield claimed neither the Pinner Association or local householders were consulted about the new lights, however a council spokesman said the replacements were approved by cabinet in April last year following a borough-wide consultation.
The council said energy costs for street lights have soared by 43 per cent over the past four years and accounts for 25 per cent of the council’s electricity consumption and 12 per cent of its carbon emissions.
The replacement programme is part of Harrow Council’s Climate Change Strategy, in which the authority aims to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption.
Harrow Council portfolio holder for environment and community safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, said: “In times of such financial hardship, every penny counts for local authorities across the country and this replacement programme will not only save taxpayers money but reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.
“Most importantly of all, the new street lights will ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.”