Hereford & Worcester

'Gaseteers' in design bid to save lamps in Malvern

Campaigners who fear a Worcestershire town's famous gas lamps could be threatened by cuts have come up with a plan to protect their future.

The group have called themselves "the Gaseteers" and banded together to protect Malvern's gas lamps.

They have developed ways of modernising the lamps which they said would result in about an 84% reduction in gas use.

Malvern District Council said the scheme was very helpful because it was determined to keep the lights on.

The gas lamps, which were put up in the 1920s, are believed to have inspired the writing of CS Lewis who was a student at Malvern College.

'Ideal solution'

However, the lamps are more expensive to run than electric lamps because of the cost of gas and the upkeep they require.

The Gaseteers, who described the lamps as "beautiful and evocative", have been working on a range of measures to make them more cost effective.

Brian Harper, from the group, said measures such as timer controls, electric ignitions and more efficient burners, would save thousands of pounds a year.

Paul Tuthill, from Malvern Town Council, said it was looking into the suggestions.

"Malvern Town Council is determined to keep the gas lamps working and if we can use local firms and new technology that gives us the ideal solution," he said.

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