Sheffield council put street light error right ‘blunder’

Pensioner Thomas Booker negotiates steps in Westfield where a streetlamp was sited blocking handrail
Pensioner Thomas Booker negotiates steps in Westfield where a streetlamp was sited blocking handrail
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Blundering Sheffield highways officials have moved a street light after it was installed blocking a handrail on a flight of steps.

The new position of the lamp post – erected as part of Sheffield’s £2 billion Streets Ahead programme to replace crumbling roads and footpaths – caused problems for pensioners using the path, off Fleury Road, Gleadless Valley.

Vin Malone, a resident who lives close-by, said: “The light was placed two feet into a path and near a set of steps.

“Usually that wouldn’t matter but a friend of mine, Thomas Booker, uses this path and steps every day and he relies on the handrail that helps him to negotiate the path and steps.

“Tommy has very bad eyesight, so on reaching the street light he has to feel his way around to get back to the handrail.”

Mr Malone complained to Sheffield Council – and the light was moved a week later.

He said: “I realise somebody made a bad error in placing the light in its present position.

“But the speed in which the council have solved this problem is to be commended, to often you read negative comments.”

Coun Jack Scott, council cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re happy to have resolved this issue quickly for Mr Booker and other people who need to use the handrail.”

Graeme Symonds, network director for Streets Ahead contractor Amey, said: “We’re pleased we’ve been able to re-site the street light, so it still provides a good spread of light, without causing any difficulties.”