Local civic crowdfund for heritage lamp posts underway

The residents of Cambridge Road have joined together with Birmingham City Council to create a crowd funding project to improve our local environment.

The Council is replacing the street lamp posts and lanterns as part of a city wide refurbishment programme. The standard lamp post is a design that residents feel does not suit the Victorian architecture of our road. Residents are also concerned that the light spillage from these lanterns will be too bright in front rooms and gardens. More suitable alternatives are more expensive and the Council cannot afford to make up all of the difference.

So we have agreed with the Council that residents will raise funds to procure lighting that we like and we think makes the road a better place to live on, for us and future residents. The Council has agreed to match fund. Together we will create a better local environment for us to live in now; and leave a better legacy for future residents.

Birmingham City Council is certainly showing itself to be a listening, adaptive Authority, capable of embracing new ideas and approaches.

Our fundraising is managed through the SpaceHive crowdfunding web site and can be viewed here.

Its a small civic project of a few hundred households – more “micro-local” than “hyper-local”, to extend a phrase. But it might just help develop a new model for service delivery. Where local residents part fund “optional” improvements like traffic calming, or play equipment. There are examples of this springing up around the country – lots of great examples on the SpaceHive site.
Urbis Abbey Lantern
We are hoping to procure lamps that look like this
These are the proposed Lanterns - we feel do not suit the architecture of our Victorian Road.
These are the proposed Lanterns – we feel do not suit the architecture of our Victorian Road.
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