Glimmer of hope on streetlight position

Jennifer Howell, of Cypress Gate, is unhappy that a hole has been dug for a street light to be fitted outside her house in the incorrect place, after she had agreed to pay to remove the street light. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jennifer Howell, of Cypress Gate, is unhappy that a hole has been dug for a street light to be fitted outside her house in the incorrect place, after she had agreed to pay to remove the street light. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield resident thought streetlight work would be the perfect chance to move a light that had been incorrectly placed outside her home.

Jennifer Howell said a streetlight had been erected in the wrong place outside her home in Cypress Gate, Chapeltown.

Instead of it being put alongside her boundary wall, it was put near her driveway, which made access more difficult.

For aesthetic reasons she extended the front wall outside her home up to the streetlight while contacting Sheffield Council is find out if the light could be moved.

The authority agreed and there was a glimmer of hope that the light could be moved when council officers explained about the Streets Ahead scheme.

Mrs Howell said: “A long time ago Sheffield Council put in a streetlight incorrectly outside my home.

“They put it at the bottom of my drive instead of in line with the house wall.

“We were having problems getting on and off the drive, so we asked the council if we could move the light.

“Their reply was yes and it would cost about £1,000 to have it moved about a metre, which we were happy to pay.

“They told us to hang fire because there was a scheme coming whereby they could do the work all at once, which was the Streets Ahead work.

“They told us that we would be consulted, but last week while we were out they came and dug a hole near to the original light.

“I phoned them up and was told someone would get back to me but they haven’t.

“Yes, the light is in line with my wall, but we had to build the wall out to it in the first place.”

Unfortunately, Mrs Howell did not keep any correspondence from the council about the light moving, but Action Desk took on her case.

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Action Desk contacted Street Ahead, and despite not being able to get the light moved, it did manage to get Mrs Howell some answers.

A Streets Ahead spokesman said: “Following Mrs Howell’s enquiry, our technical team visited Cypress Gate to assess the location of the streetlight.

“We can confirm that the new streetlight has been placed in the correct location and is further away from Mrs Howell’s driveway than the old one, which should make it easier to park.

“The position of the new light complies with the current British Standards to give an equal spread of light, creating a safer environment for road users and pedestrians.

“This means that we are unable to change the location of the light as it would affect the lighting levels on the road.”