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Elgin to be 'wired up' for brighter future
Elgin to be ‘wired up’ for brighter future

ELGIN IS BOUND for a brighter future as Moray Council is set to replace ageing street lighting with brighter and more efficient systems.

Businesses throughout the centre of Elgin have been advised that there will be some disruption experienced in particular around Commerce Street, South Street, Culbard Street and Batchen Street.

These streets will be part of an essential street lighting upgrade that Moray Council aims to undertake at the same time as they are renewing the wiring for the town’s Christmas Lights, which are the subject of a £50,000 investment that will see new festive lights put in place by November.

In a letter sent out to local businesses, Elgin BID has advised that the work for the Christmas Lights will form part of a long-term lighting strategy in the town that, once complete, will provide more energy efficient and brighter lighting to the town centre.

In the letter Elgin BID manager Gill Neil said: “This will help with security in those areas and make them feel more welcoming for customers.

“You will be receiving a letter from the Street Lighting team in the next month or two but I wanted to give you a heads up on what was happening.”

The new Christmas lights are being provided thanks to funding from Elgin Rotary, Common Good Fund and the ‘Awards for All’ scheme at the National Lottery. In addition local businesses such as Johnstons of Elgin and the Robertson Group pitched in with grant funding as did the Elgin Community Council.

Ms Neil said that the new Christmas lights will have a “classic, elegant feel” and will be spread out over existing fixing points to minimise any difficulties with installation.