Council sees the light: final exhibition for new lanterns

Thousands of streetlight bulbs across Hastings and St Leonards are being changed this month as the council swaps old-style orange glow for energy-saving LED.

And a final exhibition explaining how and where the changes are happening will take place at the Sainsbury’s superstore, John Macadam Way, in St Leonards on Saturday, October 18.

Officers from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) are looking to cut £885,000 from the county council’s energy budget by 2018, and have already swapped the traditional yellow bulbs for 5,800 white LED lights in Eastbourne.

Councillors estimate these changes have already cut £150,000 from the authority’s annual electricity bill.

Now cherrypickers across Hastings are hoisting workmen to every streetlight in the town - 5,500 in total.

The Sainsbury’s exhibition, which runs from 9am to noon, will map out the changes in the Ashdown ward area of St Leonards.

Officers from the ESCC streetlighting team will be on hand to answer questions.

ESCC says the lights will improve safety by helping CCTV cameras capture clearer image.

In particular the lights apparently pick up car number plates more clearly than the traditional yellow bulbs.

The lights are also designed to create less light pollution. By Spring 2015 the changes will cover all of Hastings and St Leonards.

There is a permanent display of information in Hastings Library in Claremont.

Residents can also contact the county council on 01273 337162, or visit the county council’s website by logging onto www.eastsussex.gov.uk/streetlights.