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Huntly light removal sparks a backlash from locals

By David Porter

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Over 400 people have now signed a petition to reinstate Huntly Town Centre's lights after Aberdeenshire Council announced their removal.

The lamps are set to be removed in the Spring
The lamps are set to be removed in the Spring

A total of ten decorative lampposts in the centre of Huntly are set to be removed on safety grounds after serious corrosion was discovered in their bases.

The traditional looking lights have according to the council "been maintained by the council since their installation more than 20 years ago", a statement disputed by many locals who took to social media to say otherwise, especially on them being repainted.

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council said: "The level of corrosion which has now been located means they will be removed by the Spring."

But the announcement has prompted a backlash from the local community with Laura McNeil raising a petition for their reinstatement.

She said: "As a resident of Huntly, I have witnessed the town's struggle to regenerate after most of the shops in our cherished Square closed.

"The Victorian style street lights that adorn our square are more than just fixtures; they are an integral part of our town's identity and heritage. "These lamps serve as a beautiful addition to our Square, enhancing its aesthetic appeal for both visitors and inhabitants alike.

"However, we have recently learned that the council plans to remove these damaged lights without replacing them - all under the guise of cost-saving measures.

"This decision not only detracts from the look of our beloved space but also undermines its status as a conservation area.

"Huntly is home to numerous historical buildings and sites which contribute significantly to Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.

"Our Victorian style street lights are part of this legacy.

"Their removal would not only diminish Huntly’s unique character but could also negatively impact local tourism – an industry vital for many small businesses in town.

"We understand that councils across Scotland face financial pressures; however, we believe it is essential to balance economic considerations with preserving local culture and history.

"We urge Aberdeenshire Council not just to repair but replace any damaged Victorian style street lights in Huntly Square with ones matching their current style."

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