Row alight over vin­tage lamps

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - STUART GREER

RES­I­DENTS are up in arms over plans to re­place vin­tage street lights on their road.

Home­own­ers in Car­leton Road, Higher Poyn­ton, are in dis­pute with Cheshire East Coun­cil over the pro­posed re­newal of the lamp­posts along the street.

The ex­ist­ing cast iron posts were in­stalled in the 1930s and res­i­dents be­lieve the vin­tage look suits the street.

But ear­lier this month the lo­cal au­thor­ity, which is re­spon­si­ble for the lights, be­gan dig­ging them up, prompt­ing a fu­ri­ous protest by res­i­dents.

Work has now stopped un­til res­i­dents can meet with the coun­cil.

They are call­ing for a meet­ing with Poyn­ton bor­ough coun­cil­lors on CEC to re­solve the dis­pute.

David Kitch­ing, of Car­leton Road, said: “The lo­cals would like to see the old lamp­posts fit­ted with LED bulbs rather than the new tall steel stan­dards that the coun­cil wishes to erect. This retrofitting of old posts is ex­actly what Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil is propos­ing for iden­ti­cal lamps in nearby Green Lane and Hawthorne Grove.

“Bear­ing in mind the re­cent state­ment from the leader of the coun­cil that it has a clear pol­icy of putting its res­i­dents first, I am hope­ful that we can find a so­lu­tion that keeps everyone happy and al­lows mod­ern LED light­ing to be in­stalled in the pe­riod lamp­posts.”

Trou­ble started brew­ing in July when coun­cil staff were spot­ted in­spect­ing the lamps.

Mr Kitch­ing claims res­i­dents were ini­tially in­cor­rectly told that the street lights be­long to Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil.

He said: “It is a pity that Cheshire East gave us in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion when first asked about its in­ten­tions. This mat­ter could have been re­solved dur­ing the sum­mer long be­fore work com­menced in the area.”

A spokesman for Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “Un­for­tu­nately there was some mis-in­for­ma­tion ini­tially on the own­er­ship of these lights.

“Cheshire East Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for these street lights and is now work­ing with Poyn­ton’s lo­cal com­mu­nity to find the most ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion.

“A num­ber of op­tions have now been pre­sented to res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors for their con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Doreen Mad­den, David Kitch­ing, Sheila Shel­don, Sue Bar­row, Jackie Smith and Shirley Kitch­ing want to keep the his­toric lamp­posts

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