Three ornate listed lighting columns on Brighton seafront have been replaced. The stretch of seafront around the pier has been in near darkness, which has been unsettling for traders in the area. The new lights will brighten up the beachfront at night and help to reduce crime levels.
The lamps, near Brighton Pier, were damaged by a lorry to the extent that they collapsed and had to be removed immediately. For the last year the area around the pier has been deprived of street lighting and has become a favoured spot for drug dealing and other types of anti social behaviour.
Gill Mitchell said, "This is great news. Replacing the lighting columns will restore the Brighton seafront. The original columns were erected at the end of the nineteenth century and a plaque celebrating the installation can be found by the West Pier."
The work has involved erecting new columns, lanterns and festoons. The replacement has taken longer than usual because new specialist moulds had to be created to the original design, dating back to 1890.
Replacement and restoration of the other similar columns along Marine
Parade will be carried out over the coming months.
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