SHEFFIELD TREES: ‘Dangerous’ lampost on road where trees face felling is relocated

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A ‘dangerously placed’ lamp post in the middle of a Sheffield pavement where trees face the axe because they were an obstruction is being moved.

The lamp post, on Rustlings Road, was highlighted by campaigners and councillors as they waited to hear the fate of trees lining the street.

The work ongoing on Rustlings Road next to Endcliffe Park where a lamp post was installed in the middle of the path

The work ongoing on Rustlings Road next to Endcliffe Park where a lamp post was installed in the middle of the path

Sheffield Council contractor Amey, which is completing the Streets Ahead project to resurface city roads, said ‘10 out of the 30 trees on this road are causing an obstruction on the pavement’ while one was diseased.

It also said that three complaints had been received about trips and falls on the road, close to Endcliffe Park, due to tree roots in two years.

Now Streets Ahead teams have investigated the streetlight and decided it ‘doesn’t meet requirements’.

Louise Wilcockson, from the campaign group Save Our Rustlings Trees, said: “We are glad the dangerously placed new-style street light, that was virtually in the centre of Rustlings Road pavement, is finally being removed.

“This is what we would call a trip or health and safety hazard.”

The light is being moved to the other side of the road.

Coun Terry Fox, council cabinet member for environment, said it had been installed in its original position due to utility pipes and cables in place nearby.

He said: “The teams have once again looked at the lighting design for this road and the decision has been taken to move the lighting column to the opposite side of the road, to ensure the column complies with our requirements.

“We cannot allow the column to stay where it is, as it doesn’t meet the requirements we have set out.”

The tree felling has been delayed until September following the campaign.