Move to secure City
Businesses to install LED lights
A major lighting initiative is underway in Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison area in a crackdown on crime in the City.
In making the announcement today, the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) said the private project aims to protect the estimated 1,400 businesses and 7,000 employees.
It said it would also have a positive economic impact on retail, food and beverage, entertainment and cultural sub-sectors after regular business hours.
The BCCI explained that the move could help transform the capital into a 24-hour city, expand its economic base and promote international competitiveness.
“In an effort to reduce the City’s carbon footprint, improve sustainability and reduce energy use, we have partnered with Caribbean LED Lighting to install energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) street lights within the City and its environs.
“LED lights appear brighter than traditional street lights, have a longer lifespan, lower maintenance costs and greater energy savings,” said Fabianna Alexander, project coordinator of the Revitalization of Bridgetown Initiative (TRBI).
Under the plan, LED lights would be installed on private buildings within the UNESCO World Heritage Site and connected to the electrical panel of the respective businesses with the prior approval of the property owner.
The streets, which have been identified in this phase of the project, include Jubilee Gardens, High Street, Tudor Street, Roebuck Street, Wharf Road, Broad Street, Hincks Street and Cavans Lane.
The next phase will see lights being installed in all street and alleys in The City, the BCCI explained.
“Businesses can opt to sponsor the purchase and installation of lights on an entire street or a set of lights within a given area and in return, will have the opportunity to display their brand on the streets that they have supported,” Alexander said.
“Participating companies are eligible for 150 per cent tax rebate under Section 12E of the Income Tax Act, which Government has provided to all companies that make cash contributions to TRBI through the Tourism Development Corporation of Barbados.”