Street Light Replacement
On 4 January The Farnborough Society was represented at a meeting at Rushmoor
Borough Council where we were updated on the Street Lighting Replacement Scheme.
This is a Private Finance Initiative which Hampshire County Council is running
in partnership with Scottish & Southern Electric Contracting.
Across the county many of the street lights are in poor condition, as are some of
the lamp standards. There are also an excessive number of illuminated street
signs, many of which are not really effective.
This scheme will replace columns where necessary, and remove some redundant signs.
The new lamps will give a ‘white’ light as opposed to an orange light
and will be more accurately directed to the roads and pavements. This will reduce
energy consumption and light pollution to the night sky and should give more security.
Orange lighting makes it more difficult to see colours at night, making identification
difficult when reporting criminal acts. Most stock over 15 years old will be
replaced on a like-for-like basis with white fluorescent lights in residential areas.
We are given to understand that during the installation phase they will be using a
new CMS system. This will enable them to manage the energy used by controlling light
levels and switching times. This also enables them to electrically detect faults
which will result in a reduction in night scouting, more accurate fault reporting and
most importantly improved service levels
The work in Rushmoor is due to commence in April and some Farnborough roads will be
included in the initial phase. Residents will be advised when their particular
roads will be affected.
More detailed information can be found on their website at