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Street light changes leave Winckley Street residents in the dark

Posted on - 4th October, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Winckley Square
There's a 'dead spot' for lighting outside 2 Starkie Street
There’s a ‘dead spot’ for lighting outside 2 Starkie Street

Residents in the Winckley Square Conservation Area say they’ve been left in the dark by changes to street lighting.

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In recent weeks some of the existing traditional-style street lamps have been replaced by modern lighting in and around the Georgian Square.

A spokesperson for the residents said: “The ‘heritage’ street lamps that have been a feature of the Conservation area for some years are being removed; cut into sections and carried away. In their place are slimline shiny lampposts.

“There has been a delay with the replacement lights being connected, so people have literally been in the dark.

“The lampposts are now being switched on, but there is a ‘dead spot’ for lighting outside 2 Starkie Street, where no lamppost now stands.

“It seems bizarre to designate the area a conservation area and then, without any local consultation, to replace street furniture which was designed to reflect the heritage of the Georgian Square with ultra-modern lampposts.”

The old and new lampposts stand side-by-side
The old and new lampposts stand side-by-side

A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council said eight street lights have been replaced so far, with another 40 due to follow.

“We have replaced a number of street lighting columns around Winckley Square after a routine inspection found them to be in poor condition and in need of immediate replacement.

“We are due to return in the coming weeks to renew all the columns in this area at which point we will fit all of them with the existing decorative lanterns, paint the columns black, and optimise the positioning of the lanterns.”

Read more: Work begins on new Winckley Square luxury apartments

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