New street lighting means future is bright for area

Council workmen are busy replacing 3,000 street light columns this year. Pictured are workmen in Millington.
Council workmen are busy replacing 3,000 street light columns this year. Pictured are workmen in Millington.

The future is getting brighter for Pocklington, Market Weighton and surrounding villages thanks to a £14million project to replace street lighting across the county.

The scheme is the largest East Riding Council has ever undertaken and will see 9,000 brand new street lamp columns installed and 16,000 new lights fitted on streets, highways and footpaths by March 2019.

The four-year street light replacement programme began in May, and since then a team of 32 council staff and additional contractors have been busy across the East Riding.This year alone the team will install around 3,000 metal columns in 192 streets across the East Riding, with a target of 300 new columns each month. The scheme is on schedule and the areas covered so far include Pocklington and Market Weighton. The first phase of the programme began in the Pocklington area in May, June and August, before it moved on to Market Weighton in July, and the team will reach Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in November. The council was successful in bidding for £6million of additional funding from the Department for Transport for the scheme. The project will be supplemented by £4million in funding from the council. An additional £4million will be spent by the council on an energy reduction programme to replace the existing, traditional yellow and orange fittings with white, low energy lights. Lighting will not be affected during the scheme and will switch on at normal times. Each new column will be fitted next to the old one. The old ones will then be removed after electrical engineers transfer the power to the new columns. Only columns over 30-years-old.will be replaced.