Council to spend £30K on lamp stands

Victorian-style heritage lamps are to be placed in key locations around Berwick.

Sunday, 1st January 2017, 6:40 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 11:40 am
The Old Bridge in Berwick.

The town council has agreed to spend £30,000 on 15 lamp stands.

It is planned to place eight of them on the Old Bridge, five in the Parade/Barracks area and one at the quayside car park to complement the existing lamp stand on Quay Walls.

To keep costs down, the lamps will be installed when Northumberland County Council introduces new LED lighting. Funds would come from council reserves.

Cllr Hazel Bettison said: “We don’t want to miss the boat on this. We’ve just had a nice little Christmas present from the freemen (£135,000) so we’ve got the money.”

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Cllr Bettison called for 11 of the lamp stands to be placed on Spittal Main Street at a cost of a further £22,000.

“Main Street used to have them in days gone by and we had planned for it to be included when we discussed this a few months ago, ” she said.

The council will discuss the request at its January meeting.

Cllr Joe Lang asked if banner brackets could be put on the new lamp stands.

“I’m particularly thinking of the area outside the barracks,” he said.

Cllr Anne Forbes also asked if free Wi-Fi could be installed in the town centre when the lights are upgraded. The interim clerk agreed to investigate the costs.