Let there be light
Street lamps will light up again by Christmas
The old, ornate victorianstyle gas street lamps along Victoria Avenue should be up and glowing again by Christmas.
Whanganui Mainstreet acting chairman Mark Simmonds said a proposal to change the gas and install LED lighting instead was under way.
“Gas is just too expensive to run in those old lamps, and the maintenance of the gas mantles is huge,” he said.
“So what we’re planning instead is to have electric cables running through the existing underground gas pipes.
“It’s just not cost effective to maintain those old gasdriven lamps any longer.”
The cost of replacing the gas mantles which are made in Germany was absolutely prohibitive, he said.
The issue of the old lamps had been ongoing for some time.
“But it’s time to move ahead — I want those lamps lit up along Victoria Avenue creating a beautiful ambience before Christmas.”
The Victorian-style gas lamps were first installed in the 1990s during the upgrade of Victoria Avenue.
Mr Simmonds said Whanganui was a very attractive and historic city to be proud of.
“Victoria Avenue will look spectacular with all these old heritage lamps lit up. The sooner we get this job under way the better — it can’t come soon enough.
Many early New Zealand towns and cities had gas street lighting initially.
Lamps were installed at strategic places, including bridge entrances and prominent intersections.
This was illustrated in an early 20th-century view of Victoria Avenue with a lamp on the City Bridge and one mounted on Watt’s Fountain.
Whanganui Mainstreet acting chairman Mark Simmonds wants to light up the city.
Whanganui’s Victoria Avenue should be glowing again.