Cromer’s all lit up after £178,000 replacement project

Work under way on Cromer's Church Street lights. Picture: PETER STIBBONS

Work under way on Cromer's Church Street lights. Picture: PETER STIBBONS - Credit: Archant

A £178,000 project to upgrade Cromer's street lights is almost finished.

The town council has replaced 241 lanterns throughout the resort in a bid to make its lights safer, greener and cheaper to run.

It is anticipated that the work will radically reduce the council's street light power and maintenance bills in future.

Work began last autumn following a safety inspection which revealed that some of the old concrete columns were in a dangerous condition, according to town council clerk Julie Chance.

All the concrete posts have been replaced with steel columns, and new dimmable LED lighting installed throughout the town.

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Heritage-style lamp standards have been updated and their number increased to 22, according to Mrs Chance.

The final lights are expected to be in place in about a fortnight's time.

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The town council borrowed £138,000 from the Public Works Loan Board, topped up by £39,700 from its own reserves, to pay for the project.

Mrs Chance said it was expected that the maintenance part of the council's bill for its lights would drop from between £8,000 and £9,000 each year to £482.

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