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Sidmouth seafront streetlights to get LED upgrade

By Will Goddard

24th Sep 2022 | Local News

Sidmouth seafront with streetlight (Nub News/ Will Goddard)
Sidmouth seafront with streetlight (Nub News/ Will Goddard)

Work is currently underway to upgrade almost 40 streetlights on Sidmouth seafront with more energy-efficient LED lights.

The unique streetlights, fitted in 2004, were made specially for the town to replace the old wooden columns.

The same company that manufactured the lanterns has made the new LED versions as "the existing structures could not easily be retro-fitted", according to Devon County Council.

The lighting columns will also be repainted.

Cabinet Member for Highway Management Cllr Stuart Hughes (Conservative, Sidmouth) said: "The lights along the Esplanade need to be upgraded to be more energy-efficient as we look to meet carbon-reduction targets in Devon.

"Unfortunately it's not as simple as just replacing a bulb but we wanted to make sure we retain the unique style of the existing lanterns rather than changing them completely.

"I'm pleased that these replacement lights tick all of the boxes and the columns are also getting a fresh lick of paint, which will give the Esplanade a real lift."

The upgrade will be carried out by Devon County Council's streetlighting contractor Enerveo and is expected to take up to three weeks.

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