Purchase of heritage lamps examined

Berwick town councillors are being recommended to spend up to £50,000 on heritage lamp stands.

Saturday, 21st January 2017, 7:40 am
The Old Bridge in Berwick.

The original scheme for 15 lamp stands projected the cost of the scheme at £30,000, which was to be taken from non-operational reserves.

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

Members were broadly in agreement but the matter was deferred whencouncillors indicated other areas should be considered.

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

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Gareth Davies, interim clerk, said: “The responsible finance officer advises that no more than £50,000 should be vired from operational reserves for such a scheme, and that the locations should be chosen to ensure an identifiable benefit to the town in terms of tourism and/or conservation.”

Members will discuss the matter again at the full council meeting on Monday night. They are being invited to make their final suggestions for appropriate locations by January 27.

The lamps would be installed when new LED lighting is introduced.