Event highlights Conquest street light changes

East Sussex County Council contractors converting old-style street lights in Hastings to modern LED lanternsCONQUEST ward will be the venue for the latest in a series of public events on street light changes in Hastings.

A public exhibition will be held in the area offering residents the chance to find out more about the change from traditional orange and yellow lights to new, energy-saving white LED lanterns.

The event will be held at St Peter and St Paul Church Hall, in Parkstone Road, on Saturday, September 20 2014 from 9am to noon.

People attending the exhibition will be able to put their questions and comments to members of East Sussex County Council’s street lighting team, while maps showing the changes in Conquest will be on display.

The council is replacing around 5,500 old orange and yellow street lights in Hastings and St Leonards as part of a drive to reduce its energy budget for the whole of East Sussex by £885,000 over the next three years and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 2,800 tonnes.

The council has already saved around £340,000 a year and reduced its CO2 consumption by 2,000 tonnes from switching to LED lights in Eastbourne and introducing part night lighting in other parts of the county.

More details on the changeover in Hastings and St Leonards, which is expected to continue until Spring 2015, are available online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/streetlights, by visiting Hastings Library, in Claremont, or by calling 01273 337162.