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Ringway to double check lampost stumps wrapped in ‘black bin bags’ amid safety concerns

There's safety concerns over cut down lamposts in Orchard Avenue and Finch Way, Berkhamsted. PNL-140808-104645001

There's safety concerns over cut down lamposts in Orchard Avenue and Finch Way, Berkhamsted. PNL-140808-104645001

 

Ringway inspectors have promised to return to check lampost stumps over safety fears about sharp edges.

Three lamposts in Orchard Avenue have been removed in Berkhamsted and a further four have been taken down in neighbouring Finch Road.

But householders are concerned the post bases, which have been covered and secured with tape, are a safety risk and no date has been set for replacing them.

Richard Barley, who lives in Orchard Avenue, said: “They have been covered with what looks like a black bin bag. Underneath the thin bags are sharp concrete edges, and after dark (since the lighting has gone) the waist height remains are not easy to see.

“A date for installation of new replacements is also not available.

“I believe that other local residents are also worried about a too relaxed attitude regarding infrastructure maintenance, for Orchard Avenue in particular.”

Ringway, working on behalf of Herts County Council, says engineers have been inspecting lamposts across the county and many have been found to be unsafe.

Regional director for Ringway Jerry Pert said: “Unfortunately, we are finding a number with structural problems. Where a column is structurally unsafe we are obliged, for public safety, to cut it down and make safe the electrical components within the remaining stump.”

He said lamposts on main A roads and columns considered ‘safety critical’ will be replaced within one month.

“Other columns will be replaced on a priority basis decided in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council,” he said. “As a result we cannot give timescales for replacement.

“Ensuring the safety of pedestrians and road users is a priority, we will revisit the columns on Orchard Avenue and Finch Road in regards to concerns of sharp edges and make safe where necessary.”

 

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