Little Parndon councillor frustrated at delay to lamp-post repairs

Communities / Tue 22nd Nov 2022 at 10:55am

A LITTLE Parndon councillor has expressed their frustration at the delay to lamp-post repairs.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “For over a year now I have been chasing the repair of a lamp post in Bowhill Way, Little Parndon, on request of a resident.  The lamp post in question was hit by a lorry reversing in September 2021.  The company responsible took full responsibility for the accident and the matter was passed on to their insurance company.

“The responsibility of fixing and maintaining street lights is down to Essex county council.  Sadly, instead of fixing the lamp post they cut the end off of it and then wrapped tape around it warning people it is a hazard.  In fact, they’ve even come back and replaced the tape a number of times.  As you can see in the photo the tape comes off.  However as of the 21st of November 2022 the lamppost has still not been fixed.  

I received this response from Essex County Council in December 2021 

‘The column had to be cut for health and safety reasons, therefore it is now awaiting a new unit to be installed. Unfortunately, we are unable to advise when the new column will be fitted, but a replacement ticket has been added to the programme. ‘

Although have subsequently been told this is a matter for UK Power who have failed to get back to me about the issue.

I recognise this is not the only example of this across Harlow, in fact it’s not the only example in Little Parndon as there is a similar eyesore at the bottom of Hodings Road opposite Canon’s Brook, again I have reported this.  The thing is they’re not just eyesores they are also dangerous.

“I am not writing this article simply to moan about Essex county council, although I think it is fair to say that I could find plenty to moan about, but in the hope that by shaming them publicly some action may finally be taken. 

“As a local councillor I want to represent my ward as best I can and feel extremely frustrated when I am unable to do so!

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3 Comments for Little Parndon councillor frustrated at delay to lamp-post repairs:

David Forman
2022-11-22 16:57:12

If Harlow Labour Party can rustle up 15 people, I will hire a 17 seater minibus for travel to a demonstration at County Hall. Electrical safety is an important topic for me as I made a contribution to the Lofstedt Review into health and safety legislation. For a change, Chris Vince brings to attention an important issue

Barry Harten
2022-11-22 20:10:33

It took me 5 years to get the lamps posts repaired between Markhall going up to C/Langley .15 were out and 5 are still not working. To make it worse there are no lights on the left where the footpath is.

2022-11-23 14:14:39

Huh Harlow Council no better, got a tile on our roof come off and the batten is rotted and been told its 9 month wait for inspection but they are running behind so could be even more than that

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