Residents and councillors are celebrating the victory of ‘people power’ in retaining traditional lighting columns in a Birkdale Conservation Area.
The first thing that residents of Birkdale’s Gloucester Road knew about their lighting being replaced was when the contractors started putting in the new aluminium lampstands.
But quick action by local residents, supported by councillors, got Sefton Council to realise their contractors had not considered the conservation area of Gloucester Road street before sticking in the new laamp posts. A petition from residents was quckly raise and presented to the Council.
Now the Cabinet Member for Transportation, John Fairclough, has agreed that there are enough ‘good’ traditional lamp fittings being taken out around the town to install these in Gloucester Road and retain the old fashioned ‘feel’ of this street.
Local Lib Dem councillor Tony Dawson says:
“This is a triumph for people power.”
“The residents must be commended for their quick action which stopped the installation and gave the Council time to think.”
“In most streets in town, residents welcome the new lamp post units because the old ones are rusty and in some cases dangerous: the topd can rust through and fall off. But in this case, there should be sufficient salvageable units to re-paint and restore the street scene to something like its former glory while still giving sufficient light ant night.”
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