Sheffield historic lamp campaign to shine on

A campaign has been launched to help save historic period cast iron street lamps in Sharrow Vale. Pictured are Lorna Bartley, Katie Bennett, Jane Grant, Alistair Wood, Sean Brown and Shelley Cockayne with one of the lamps on Meadow Terrace.
A campaign has been launched to help save historic period cast iron street lamps in Sharrow Vale. Pictured are Lorna Bartley, Katie Bennett, Jane Grant, Alistair Wood, Sean Brown and Shelley Cockayne with one of the lamps on Meadow Terrace.
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Campaigners have vowed to continue a fight to keep historic lamp posts in their area after raising it at a council meeting.

The 83 distinctive cast iron columns are set to be removed from Sharrow Vale in Sheffield in the Streets Ahead project to upgrade roads, pavements and lighting, the latter to new LED models.

Almost 300 people have now signed petitions urging council contractor Amey to reschedule works in the area.

Yesterday Shelley Cockayne, chair of Sharrow Vale Community Association, took the matter to Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways meeting and urged councillors to put it on the agenda.

She questioned a statement which said the posts dated back to the 1950s - pointing out images in the council’s own archives showed they dated back to 1933 and how it could be decided that the lamp posts needed to be removed for safety reasons without proper analysis.

Shelley said: “Residents and businesses have worked hard to put Sharrow Vale on the map - it’s an area that is quirky and independent and to that end we value these cast iron lamp posts.”

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for StreetScene, said she had been told it was a ‘highways issue’ but she had asked if the lamps could be put aside for the community once removed rather than scrapped.

She said she had asked for the matter to be looked into, adding: “I can’t promise anything.”

She the council would do ‘everything it can’ but rescheduling work would have ‘massive implications’ for the Streets Ahead scheme.

After the meeting Shelley said: “Everybody keeps saying it is not their department, they need to work out which one it is and and talk to us. They’ve said the lamps could be put aside so people could put them in their back garden but that’s the last chance saloon.

“I just want to get this on the agenda - we are not going away until we get it onto the table.”

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