Safety on the seafront will be improved by a major investment in lighting on Hove promenade. The improved lighting will be very much welcomed by the businesses operating on the seafront and their customers as well as the police and the drug squads.
Power supplies are being replaced to street lighting units that are no longer serviceable. Improvements include 20 new light fittings and replacing old cable from the Peace Statue to Hove Lagoon. The radio communication that controls the CCTV cameras is also being replaced as at present it can be unreliable in bad weather. Engineers are using the opportunity to lay new fibre optic cable, which will improve the reliability of the images on the seafront CCTV while the streetlights cabling is being installed.
Funding of around £200,000 was approved by the environment committee to carry out work from the Peace Statue to Babylon Lounge, and another £50,000 has been approved to continue the work along to Hove Lagoon. Work is due to start next week.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove’s environment committee, said, “The cable under the lights has lasted well considering it is over 70 years old. The new cabling and light fittings will result in much more efficient street lighting, with fewer faults. Good street lighting is a factor in making people feel safer, so hopefully these improvements will encourage more people to take an evening stroll by the sea.”
Councillor Ted Kemble, opposition spokesperson for environment and local councillor for the area, added, “I am particularly pleased to see that funding has been agreed to extend the work from the Babylon Lounge to Hove Lagoon as this is something I asked the environment committee to consider. I welcome the prospect of lighting being improved along the entire length of Hove seafront.”
It is expected to take three months to complete.
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