Sheffield couple says streetlight makes home like ‘Twickenham’

Michael and Christine Allred and the new street light and existing telegraph pole, which are situated either side of their drive.
Michael and Christine Allred and the new street light and existing telegraph pole, which are situated either side of their drive.
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An angry couple branded the outside of their Sheffield home ‘Twickenham’ – after a streetlight was erected opposite a telegraph pole.

Christine Allred, aged 70, has criticised Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team, who installed the light at the end of her drive on Staindrop View, Chapeltown.

Mrs Allred, who has lived in her home with husband Michael for 47 years, said: “I am very, very annoyed by it.

“Apart from the fact our home looks like Twickenham, it will devalue our house.

“The light will glare right into our front bedroom.

“I approached Sheffield Council and they took no notice. They said equal distance between the lights is necessary, but the three lights on our road are not of equal distance apart.

“No-one else has this outside their home. They first dug a hole for it outside our neighbour’s house and then they have altered it to right outside our drive.”

A Streets Ahead spokesman said its team had contacted Mrs Allred and reviewed the light’s location. He said it was moved from its original location due to technical issues.

He added: “The streetlight is on a boundary to Mrs Allred’s house and its position complies with the current British Standards to give equal spread of light, creating a safer environment for road users and pedestrians. This does not necessarily mean that the streetlights will be of an equal distance apart.

“In order to keep the streetlights on Staindrop View at a distance that complies with British Standards, we are unable to change the location of this particular streetlight. If Mrs Allred finds that light is shining back into her property we would be happy to visit and make an assessment.”