WORK on installing new street lighting columns in Neston town centre is to begin today (Wednesday).
A total of 27 columns will be replaced with traditional heritage-style lanterns, and have been specially designed to accommodate hanging baskets and festive lighting.
The designs have been chosen by members of the Neston S106ŠSteering Group, which includes representatives from Neston Town Council, Neston and District Chamber of Trade, ch64inc Ltd and Neston Community and Youth Centre.
Costs for the £74,000 project have been met through Cheshire West and Chester Council’s street lighting budget, with S106 funds used to enable a higher quality design in keeping with the conservation area.
Cllr Herbert Manley, executive member for prosperity, said: “The council has been working closely with stakeholders and residents in Neston to put down on paper what the town centre needs.
“The result was the Neston Public Realm Design Guide published earlier this year, which highlights a number of potential improvements, and the new street lighting columns are just the first action to be taken forward.”
Local member Cllr Andy Williams said: “This is the beginning of what is hoped to be considerable improvements to Neston’s public realm over the next few years.
“The lighting columns are in keeping with Neston’s rich heritage and will bring a noticeable improvement to the High Street.”
Works to install the lighting should be completed by the end of September.