New street lights in Swansea as part of £10m investment
THOUSANDS of street lights are set to be replaced in Swansea.
It is a part of the council's £10 million investment in infrastructure over the next three years.
If approved by the cabinet next month, the project will see lights, roads and footpaths improved.
June Burtonshaw, the council's cabinet member for place, said: "Street lighting is important to help make residents feel safe in their communities and they are part of the fabric of our neighbourhoods.
"This is part of an overall scheme which is being funded via a prudential borrowing scheme supported by the Welsh Government."
A new report to cabinet in early January sets out further proposals for investment including improving roads and footpaths in the city's Target Areas (places the council has decided to focus on) as well as upgrades on bridges and street lighting.
The council has already started replacing lights cut down because they were unsafe and is aiming to start work early in 2013 to replace thousands of street lights.
The multi-million pound improvement schemes will use energy-efficient lighting to replace all old street lighting.
There are more than 27,000 street lights in communities across the city and most of them are old and will be replaced.
Gay Mitchell, chairwoman of the Blackpill, Derwen Fawr and Mayals Residents' association, said she welcomed the move to improve street lighting.
She added: "I think anyone would welcome new street lights. I have had complaints about a light being out in Saunders Way for six months, at least. It is a very dark road and people drive very fast down it. And of course, it's a safety issue."
The first year of the programme was agreed earlier this year. Cabinet is being asked to agree how to spend the remaining funds in the second and third years.
If the plans are approved cash will be spent on upgrading roads and footpaths in the council's target areas along with £400,000 on structures such as bridges.
Other schemes set to benefit include the Hafod traffic management project, improvements to pelican crossings and raising some bus stops to help passengers get on and off buses more easily.
Carl Humphrey, head of streetscene in Swansea Council added: "Our long-term plans have always been to develop a modern street lighting network that uses energy saving technology.
"This extra investment will help us to implement a street lighting energy reduction programme. It will also assist the community by significantly reducing light pollution and carbon emissions."