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Without doubt Scorton is an attractive village set in the foothills of the Forest of Bowland AONB and is a well-established Conservation Area which we all enjoy.  It is important that we continue to protect and enhance the unique character of the area. One of the projects identified by the Parish Council, Bikes and Barrows working group and various surveys and community discussions, has been to focus on enhancing the village centre by upgrading the existing street lighting.

Fortuitously, a short time ago, it came to the attention of the Parish Council that Lancashire County Council (LCC) intended to replace the lighting in the village. This basically involves replacing the existing lantern heads with new LED units which are brighter and more eco-friendly – but LCC simply intended to retain the existing columns.  The Parish Council felt that this was not appropriate in a conservation area like Scorton and that we should grab the opportunity to work with LCC to upgrade the whole units to something like what is already on the Church Drive.

A full evaluation of the village lighting has been undertaken by engineers and since that time, an amount of work has been invested, which has included a full evaluation of the existing equipment, site surveys, and looking carefully at the extent of a scheme so that it would have logical boundaries.

In summary then, this scheme involves the street lights in the village centre, from Springfield House on Gubberford Lane, up Snow Hill to Thimble Cottage and then includes Factory Brow by the Village Hall as well as down Station Lane to the entrance to Weavers Court which, in all includes 19 light posts. The existing lights will be replaced by ‘conservation’ type lights as per the illustration. We intend to complete the work before Christmas.

So, in a partnership between LCC, the Parish Council and Bikes and Barrows committee and working with some of the local business enterprises and generous local sponsors, we are now able to progress matters. In addition, we have submitted applications for grant aid from relevant funders but wait to hear the outcome of all these bids. The Parish Council and the ‘Bikes and Barrows’ working group have agreed to make major contributions to this project.

LCC are contributing to the costs ‘in kind’ and are undertaking all the fitting and electrical connection work, some structural work such as ‘straightening up’ some posts which are out of the vertical as well as some repainting.

We have already received competitive quotes from 3 well established suppliers and so we are ready to proceed. This is a one-off opportunity and the view taken by the Parish Council and ‘Bikes and Barrows’ is that this opportunity should be grasped.

The street lighting in Scorton is a very prominent feature in an area of intimate development and with the type of fitting proposed. This project would result in a major enhancement to village character. It would also be a feature that everyone, resident or visitor would ‘enjoy’.

 

If you would like to discuss any matters related to the project please contact :-

Paul Drinnan on 07704 615080 or prpms@tiscali.co.uk

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