Following a wide consultation with heritage bodies, gas lamp enthusiasts and residents, Westminster City Council decided to halt the proposed conversion.
The 174 gas lamps include 138 Grade II-listed gas lamps and 36 non-listed gas lamps in prominent positions across the city that will continue to light the streets of Westminster.
In a change to its proposals, the council will now convert 94 non-listed gas lamps to LED. They will be fitted with the most recent LED lighting developed by specialist manufacturers which replicates the soft ‘honey’ lighting glow, as well as replica mantles, piping and clocks.
In addition, the designs of the three replacement lantern styles will be enhanced to reflect more of the detail of the original lanterns, following consultation with Historic England and other heritage bodies.
The council also heard from Westminster residents and residents’ groups who urged the council to replace the gas lamps with LED lights as part...