Weybourne Parish Council will begin to replace its current inefficient streetlights with new energy saving lighting systems with funding assistance from the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm.
The village has a total of 35 street lamps on concrete bases and this grant will enable the replacement of eight of them with new systems which will incorporate steel columns and energy efficient lights.
The Council took up Clerk Michael Chesterman's idea of approaching the wind farm developers for funding assistance, welcoming Councillor Michael Houghton's suggested lighting project. The Councillor who leads on lighting for Weybourne PC said that in the past it had asked its electrical contractor TT Jones for advice on any cost reduction or energy savings possible in relation to the village lighting.
"The reply has always been that it would not be possible using our current lanterns," Councillor Houghton said.
The current sox lights, that emit a dull yellow light, and their concrete bases, will be replaced by “Arc” compact-fluorescent lights and a five-metre galvanised steel “Metro” column.
"These eight new lights will put us on the path the gradually replacing all the old systems with new energy and cost efficient ones," he said.
The £10,000 funding was provided by Scira Offshore Energy, developers of the wind farm, as part of its aim to support local projects with a renewable energy or environmental focus in villages along the onshore cable route. Weybourne beach is the site where the wind farm's export cable comes to shore.
The project has recently launched a Sheringham Shoal Community Fund, managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation, to deal with ongoing funding requests.
The Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm is owned equally by Statoil and Statkraft through the joint venture company Scira Offshore Energy Limited. Statoil is the operator for the project during the development phase. Scira will be the operator of the wind farm.
For more information: please contact Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm PR & Communications Manager, Sue Vincent on mobile: 07768508742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Clerk Michael Chesterman on 01263 861109.