ENERGY efficient lights will be installed in Ringwood this summer.

Much of the existing lighting is over 30 years old and needs replacing, with Hampshire County Council set to replace 329 lanterns as well as a further 1,031 lanterns and posts.

Cllr Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for transport and environment, said: “A lot of preparation and planning has gone into the Ringwood Street Lighting programme and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.

“As well as replacing older lighting columns, which are coming to the end of their life, the new lamps will improve lighting levels on the ground, reduce light pollution at night and help make people feel safer in town centres and residential streets.”