New lamps for old.

Plenty of activity in the High Street today where workmen were busy erecting new street lights. Clever of them to install the ground fittings while the new pedestrian paving was being laid.

New LED lamp-post being erected.
New LED lamp-post being erected.

It was a simple matter of lifting a slab and installing the new L.E.D. light. They are more powerful but use less power.

The light source is also directed downwards so reducing light pollution. I am told the old sodium powered beams also interfered with the CCTV cameras. People doing damage or being violent will be easier to recognise.

Anchor points were already installed in new paving!
Anchor points were already installed in new paving!

Now l was under the impression there was some sort of hold on new street lighting while B&NES discusses style and form with interested parties concerned with how the conservation area should look.

Ornate lamp-post outside the Market Hall.
Ornate lamp-post outside the Market Hall.

Some may feel the new lamp-posts should be more like the ornate post outside the Market Hall. At least – being black – it seems to disappear when viewed against buildings like the Abbey. Certainly it is good to know the lamps also incorporating the old Vodafone transmitter is being changed. It is plain ugly!

Now you see it? Now you don't!
Now you see it? Now you don’t!

New paving is going to have to be disturbed for permanent bus-stops and l hear we are getting two shelters which will please those who have to wait some time for their transport home.

The old Vodafone transmitter lamp-post is going to be replaced!
The old Vodafone transmitter lamp-post is going to be replaced!

Not all services are as frequent as the number 18 serving the University.