At a community consultation event in 2018, festive lights for the town was highlighted as a possible project and widely supported. Initially, funds raised by the local ‘Doon Memory Lane’ exhibition were granted to SCDT for the purchase of new lights. The fundraisers were keen to look into canopy lights as an option, with the idea of installing a section as a feature along the main street. A lighting proposal focusing on canopy lights, provided by local company HUS Architecture + Design, was presented to SCDT members and shared with the fundraisers. Due to the high costs of installation and ongoing maintenance of canopy lights, it was agreed that SCDT would look at alternative solutions.
Following consultation with Orkney Islands Council’s Roads and Planning departments, SCDT were able to source lighting which met all the required specifications and low windage – especially important in Orkney. Suitable locations for the new lights were established, ensuring they were complimentary to current festive lighting provided by OIC. Two types of lights that met all of the requirements were pole wraps and lamppost motifs, and SCDT felt that these options provided a simple yet sophisticated aesthetic.
In early 2020, following a successful application to Orkney Islands Council’s Town Centre Fund, additional funding was awarded to the project.
“The aim of the Town Centre Fund is to enable local authorities to support economic investments in towns with a population of over 1,000 which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish”.Report by Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure, June 4th 2019.
The additional funding meant that SCDT were able to work with HUS Architecture + Design to ensure the design was aesthetically pleasing and sympathetic to its surroundings. Planning permission and Roads Approval were granted in late 2020. With the help from lighting supplier Blachere Illuminations and hard work from our contractor R S Merriman, we were able to switch on phase 1 of the project on the 4th December 2020. Phase 1 saw the addition of LED pole wraps to the lampposts on Ferry Road from the roundabout to the Pier Head, creating a welcoming gateway into the town.
We look forward to completing phase 2 in 2021.