New streetlights planned for Hollingbourne.
Hollingbourne Parish Council plan to replace the collection of 22 streetlights in the village with a standardised design that will be similar to the old gas lights that once lit Eyhorne Street. The street lights in Hollingbourne have for some years been provided by the Parish Council out of the Parish precept and a decision has been made to replace the existing assortment of lights including some that do not work properly with a design that is more appropriate to the Conservation Areas in Hollingbourne.
The expected total cost of the project s £20,000 less a contribution of £8000 from Kent County Council that has been arranged by KCC Councillor Jenny Whittle. It is planned that the purchase order will be placed shortly and that the work will be completed by the end of 2016. The new lights which will look old fashioned will actually be more energy efficient than the present ones when they work. It is intended that all of the lamp posts will be painted black to match the lights. No finance is being supplied from Maidstone Borough Council for the new lights who at one time helped to finance the lights in Hollingbourne and in other villages.
Pictured below is an information sheet relating to the design of the new lights. Most of the existing lamp standards will be retained although it is possible that some will be shortened in order that that they are in the correct proportion to the lights and are aesthetically right.