COUNCILLORS have welcomed plans to improve lighting along a stretch of Hartlepool Marina.
Hartlepool Borough Council is responding to complaints about a stretch of lights at the marina quayside, close to the Old West Quay.
The lights were installed in 1998, but are not on council-owned land and efforts to identify who is responsible have been unsuccessful say senior officers.
Several of the lights along the 23 columns have the lantern tops missing or have been damaged by the weather and lack of maintenance. But now they are set to be replaced with more energy-efficient LED lights.
The plans were approved by the neighbourhood services committee. A report said: “The lights are located close to the quayside on a popular walking route to and from facilities on the marina.
“When the lights are inoperable there is a potential safety risk to residents and visitors alike.”
The estimated cost is £3,000 to be funded from the street lighting revenue budget. If the land owner is discovered costs will be recovered.
Labour councillor Marjorie James said the council should keep a close eye on costs in order to recover that money if the landowner does eventually come forward.
Labour councillor Jim Ainslie, of the Headland and Harbour ward, said ward councillors regularly get asked about the lights. He added: “It is a badly lit area, and I very much welcome this on behalf of the residents. Well done to the officers for identifying this.”