A community in central Reading is urging the council to keep the cast iron lighting columns in its area, as the LED street lighting replacement programme sweeps across the town. The lights in The Bell Tower Community Association’s area, off Caversham Road, are all due to be converted to LED technology in June 2017.
There are more than 20 cast iron lamp posts in the area, most of which are original Victorian gas lighting columns.
Bell Tower secretary David Neale, who has been researching the history of the lighting columns, said: “As well as being attractive, the old cast iron lighting columns are also a valuable part of our heritage, and many of them have an additional local connection, having been manufactured by foundries off Caversham Road. The area consists mostly of Victorian terraces, and has one of the largest clusters of original lamp posts in Reading. It would be a great shame to lose them.”
The association believes that the columns can be refurbished economically and fitted with new LED lights, and is happy to offer to paint them to keep them in good condition.
Mr Neale added: “We think the parts to refurbish an old street light will be cheaper than installing a new column, and they are likely to last longer. We hope the council can preserve them, and that the old lighting columns in other areas of Reading will be saved too.”
Does your area still have any old cast iron lamp posts? Ask your councillors about saving them before it’s too late!