Arty street lights cost £7,000 each

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con­ven­tional lamp­post, ac­cord­ing to the politi­cian in charge of the county’s roads.

Cllr Keith Fer­rin (Con), Kent County Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for high­ways, said he was ap­palled to dis­cover how much the street­lights cost and how, had he been in charge at the time, he would have stepped in to bring costs down.

And he said he was con­cerned that there were only a hand­ful of spare street­lights in re­serve to re­place any that might be­come dam­aged in ac­ci­dents.

“I was re­ally ap­palled when I found out. How can you jus­tify spending £7,000 on a lamp­post? Un­for­tu­nately, I did not dis­cover what it was cost­ing. It is abso- lutely ou­tra­geous.” If the re­serve lights ran out, the county coun­cil and Ash­ford’s Fu­ture would have to com­mis­sion new ones – at po­ten­tially even greater cost, said Cllr Fer­rin.

The lighting of the shared space was de­vel­oped by de­signer Nayan Kulka­rni, who was charged with de­sign­ing a scheme to en­hance the shared space val­ues of the ring road.

Many have praised the look of the ring road, al­though there re­main mixed views about how well the scheme is work­ing.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­

The cost of the £7,000-apiece lamp­posts in Ash­ford’s shared space has caused a stir

Pic­tures: Gary Browne

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