LETTER: Why do we need new poles for streetlights?

After weeks of streets being dug up for the purpose of giving us all more efficient lighting in Ely we seem to be getting back to normal even though some streets are in darkness at certain times to save even more money.

One thing intrigues me and that is for the need to supply new poles as well as lighting heads - surely the poles only carry current to the lighting head so the old ones would have done?

Is this another case of mismanagement by the authorities and couldn’t the money have been used to keep toilets open?