Light In The Community

With the dark wintery nights now upon us, the residents of Gt Horkesley Parish in Colchester, can see a little better this winter thanks to new LED lighting provided and installed by Electrical Testing.

Earlier this year, Gt Horkesley Parish Council approached Electrical Testing, a subcontractor to Essex Highways, regarding their lighting stock which was in poor condition. They were looking for advice and an electrical contractor to fix some of the lights that didn’t work.

As part of our corporate social responsibility and commitment to supporting the communities in which we work, Electrical Testing were only too happy to address the concerns of the parish and after a site survey determined that the parish could benefit from some new energy efficient LED lanterns to replace the current sox “orange” lanterns which were far more costly to run. The installation of the LED lanterns would also rectify any electrical defects and bring the lighting stock up to the Essex specification for lighting.

The LED lantern chosen, was already being used on street lighting columns across Essex as part of the councils LED lantern replacement programme. The scheme which commenced last year, will see 82,000 lights upgraded across the county, saving the taxpayer millions of pounds in energy costs.

David Forkin, Head of Maintenance  and Operations for Essex Highways commented, “It’s great that our subcontract partners are able to help our communities through their knowledge and expertise. I’m pleased that our ongoing partnership with Electrical Testing has benefitted the residents of Great Horkesley Parish. 

Christopher Arnold (Left), Ben Humphrys (Middle) and Mick Mead (Right).

Mick Mead and Christopher Arnold, who sit on the Great Horkesley parish council, met with Ben Humphrys our Operations Director earlier in the year during the planning stage. “Our head office is in Norfolk but as proud born and bred Essex man and resident, I’m thrilled that we can support the parish. We are fortunate enough to have the means to help and with energy costs rising, the new lighting will make a big difference to the parish funds” said Ben.

Christopher Arnold said, ” We’d like to thank Electrical Testing for their help and advice. The new lighting has made a big difference to the village when commuting through at night which is even more noticeable now, in these dark winter months. It’s so much clearer now.”