Following long-standing discussions around the ongoing issues with street lights around the village, and a presentation at the residents meeting last February, the Council has been researching the project. In November, the Parish Council sent a questionnaire to all residents about its proposal to replace the street lighting, which was well supported. At the Harpole Parish Council meeting on the 8th March 2021, it was RESOLVED to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to apply to Salix Finance Ltd for a loan of £35,052 over the borrowing term of 5 years for replacement of the street lighting in Harpole. This will reduce the repair and running costs for the street lighting, while significantly reducing it’s carbon footprint.
The Parish Council has budgeted for an increase in the precept for this year of 11% for the project. This is the equivalent of an additional £8.00 per year for the average household to meet the initial costs of the loan repayment until the cost savings are available. The cost savings in future years will allow the Parish Council to support other projects which benefit the community.
If you have any views or opinions that you wish to feed into this process, please contact the Parish Council