Controversial Rawtenstall street lights removed after complaints from heritage group (From This Is Lancashire)
Controversial Rawtenstall street lights removed after complaints from heritage group
CONTROVERSIAL new street lights in Rawtenstall town centre have been removed after complaints by heritage campaigners.
Two lights in Bank Street were taken down after Rossendale Council received negative feedback.
They were put in place last month in time for the opening of the new town square on the former Valley Centre site, but were met with stern opposition from Rossendale Civic Trust and some councillors.
Conservative councillors were critical of the lights, saying their style contravened the council’s own conservation guidelines.
Rossendale Civic Trust said it was pleased that the council had chosen to do away with the new lights in favour of retaining the original ones, which were funded by an English Heritage project in the 1990s.
A spokesperson said: “Rossendale Civic Trust are delighted that following the efforts of the Trust, among many others, Rossendale Borough Council has decided not to pursue the replacement of the existing heritage-friendly lighting columns on Bank Street with the new standard twin lights of additional height, that would look extremely incongruous within the Conservation Area.
“The existing lights were funded by English Heritage to enhance the appearance of the Conservation Area and the Trust believes that the invest-ment was a good one and cont-inues to benefit the town.”
The Trust added that it is also concerned that the remaining lights surrounding the square are not providing adequate visibility.
County Coun Tony Winder branded the u-turn ‘a waste of public money’.
He said: “I’m happy about the removal of the lights, but the truth is that they should never have been up in the first place.
“There appears to have been a degree of confusion between councillors and the council officers regarding what is best for the town centre.
“There are still other lights around the square that need addressing.”