It appears that every local area improvement committee, at least in our area, is ruled by conservative people. I recall that we couldn’t prevent the vote for heritage design in a Hanwell Steering Commitee meeting that we attended some while ago, but the outcome is now visible to everyone, and makes me cringe every time.
Does it make sense to mount brand new street lights that follow a 130 year old design?
Yes, it might, wherever there is similar heritage to protect.
Hanwell, however, is no such place. If anything, Hanwell should display an air of Modernism and a forward-looking attitude.
A clean, elegant, modern design could have done a much better job at improving the looks of Hanwell Broadway. Note that I didn’t even discuss the fact that the chosen light use outdated luminaries technology, and are ill-fitted for modern street lighting control, supervision, and energy management systems. Surely, thinking beyond heritage design would just be asking too much.