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£750,000 cash boost to light up the area

Renfrewshire Council bosses hope to bring a little light into the lives of residents after agreeing to invest £750,000 in street lighting improvements over the next year.

Details of where the one-year priority programme of works will be targeted were agreed in a report approved by councillors on the Environment Policy Board.

Schemes have been chosen for investment on the basis of replacing old or unreliable equipment, and reducing maintenance costs and power consumption.

The programme of investment includes the following;

– £135,000 to install new energy-efficient white lights at various sites in Erskine;

– £100,000 to replace accident damaged or corroded columns at various locations;

– £100,000 to introduce more energy-efficient traffic signals;

In addition, areas due to have white light incorporated to the existing system include Houston Road, Bridge of Weir/Houston; Gilmartin Road, Linwood; Glenshiel Avenue and Glenapp Road, Paisley; Woodside Road, Brookfield; and Moss Vale Square, Paisley.

Roads engineers expect these changes to create energy savings of around £16,000 every year.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of the Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This investment of £750,000 is additional to the £5.7m previously announced for road maintenance – a record amount from the council’s own resources.

“The improvements detailed in this programme will help improve safety for residents and drivers at various locations around the area.

“The commitment to introduce energy-efficient schemes will help bring down the council’s power bills by a five-figure sum each year and demonstrates our commitment to making the best use of public money.”