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New energy-efficient streetlighting for National Parks

Friday 07 March 2014

Areas within Hampshire's National Parks are set to benefit from new energy-efficient lighting as part of Hampshire County Council's streetlighting replacement programme.

Ashurst and Colbury, in the New Forest National Park, will be the first areas to receive new LED lighting as part of the scheme, which is due to be completed by March 2015.

LED lights will be installed within the New Forest National Park and South Downs National Park borders from now until the end of the year. Areas to benefit will include Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Sway and Minstead in the New Forest and Petersfield, Droxford, Liss, Buriton and East Meon in the South Downs.

Residents in these areas will receive letters to inform them of when approximately work is due to take place in their area. Works programmes will also be sent to local councillors from the County, parish and district councils.

In total some 3,500 units are due to be installed within the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, both in residential areas and along main roads.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "This long term investment will help improve the county's energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions. As well as replacing older lighting columns which are coming to the end of their life, the new lamps will improve lighting levels on the ground, reduce light pollution at night and help make people feel safer in town centres and residential streets."

In Hampshire there are over 150,000 street lights and illuminated signs or bollards.

By 2015 more than half of these will be replaced, with the remainder being upgraded to improve energy efficiency in a bid to reduce consumption by 40 per cent.

The special LED lights being installed within the National Parks have the added benefit of reducing light pollution.

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