Work on street lights in St Neots stops after double-sized lampposts met with anger from residents

10:43 19 February 2014

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Work has been halted on historic St Mary’s Street in Eynesbury after angry residents complained that street lamps were being replaced with lampposts almost double their size.

While infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has already installed the new lights on most of Berkley Street, Cllr Steve Van de Kerkhove has led a campaign to stop the current work in its tracks while consultation is carried out.

As reported in The Hunts Post, residents became concerned that the new white sodium lamps did not provide the same level of illumination and were not in keeping with the picturesque area.

However, Balfour Beatty said that the lighting columns are taller to provide “maximum efficiency.”

This means that they use the least amount of columns possible to reduce energy consumption, while still meeting the required standard.

They also added that the new lighting – a Son light source which is golden/white in colour – is efficient as it uses the latest electronic control gear which is dimmed twice in the evening and has a better colour rendering ability, meaning that colours can be better defined.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that work has been delayed in St Mary’s Street whilst additional consultation with local residents and councillors takes place.”

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