Row alight over vintage lamps
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