New lighting scheme is a first for district

Albert Manifield - October 2012:  Councillors Albert Manifield, Maureen Cummings left, and Faith Heptinstall pictured with PC Jamie France and Graham West Highways Manager WMDC alond side one of the new LED street lights, which have just been installed in Cow Lane.
Albert Manifield - October 2012: Councillors Albert Manifield, Maureen Cummings left, and Faith Heptinstall pictured with PC Jamie France and Graham West Highways Manager WMDC alond side one of the new LED street lights, which have just been installed in Cow Lane.

A NEW lighting system set to increase visibility for residents and drivers while reducing anti-social behaviour has made its debut in the area.

Havercroft’s white LED street lights are the first to be put up in the district and have been welcomed by local councillors.

Cow Lane previously had traditional orange lights but the new system is brighter, and it is hoped they will prevent youths congregating on the street at night.

Coun Albert Manifield, who lives off Cow Lane, said: “I think it will reduce anti-social behaviour and crime as you can certainly see a lot more with these lights.

“It’s definitely going to make the area safer, and it’s especially good as the clocks have gone back which means we have darker evenings.”

He added: “I’m not saying it’s going to stop anti-social behaviour completely, but I think it will be reduced.”

Benefits of the LED lights include a reduction in light pollution and energy consumption and improved visibility for both pedestrians and motorists.

The lights have been installed along Cow Lane and there are plans to install more in Havercroft.

Funding for the lights came from Wakefield Council’s green corridor grant.

It also paid for environmental improvements to the area, including additional traffic calming measures and flood risk reduction works.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I’m really pleased that with this funding we have been able to make some significant improvements.

“The works we have carried out will help improve the local environment and in particular, the installation of the white LED lights will make a big improvement to both pedestrians and motorists.”