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