Orpington postie baffled by Quilter Road light works

News Shopper: Orpington postie Robert Goddard is baffled by Quilter Road light works Orpington postie Robert Goddard is baffled by Quilter Road light works

A BAFFLED postman is hoping someone can shed some light on the mystery of the lampposts in his street.

Robert Goddard says the concrete lamppost near his home in Quilter Road, Orpington, has worked for years so was surprised when a metal lamppost was put up right next to it.

And, as the picture shows, the metal lamppost does not work while artificial light shines brightly from the concrete one.

He says a week before last month’s snow he watched from his house as workmen dug up the ground by the street lights and then put barriers round the site.

The 62-year-old says it stayed like this until about three weeks ago when workmen filled up the hole with dirt on one day then dug it up again the next day before it was filled in again.

And he says the curious incident of the lamppost in the day time and night time is continued down the street where there is a concrete light that never goes out.

This one is on 24 hours a day and is next to a metal lamppost which comes on after dark.

Mr Goddard said: “It was a right farce, the workmen came round and dug it up then filled it in then dug it up again.

“It’s strange to see these things going on.

“It’s a waste of money putting lampposts up next to other ones especially when the new one is not working.

“I’m waiting to see what happens next.”

A council spokesman says the lampposts in the street are being replaced and it is normal to have both columns in situ while the changeover happens.

Executive councillor for the environment Colin Smith said: "If ever residents see a street light on during the daytime, the council would always encourage them to report it, ideally on our website by the report it button, which should see the repair made within four days. 

"Regarding the holes, the council is totally reliant on UK Power Networks to undertake the connection which they advise has been particularly difficult in this instance due to style and position of the lamp in question.”

 

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9:10am Wed 6 Mar 13

Polly Staight says...

Cor Newsshopper...

...That's a scoop!
Cor Newsshopper... ...That's a scoop! Polly Staight
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9:42am Wed 6 Mar 13

highway warrior says...

Concrete columns are old and nearing the end of their life spans so are being phased out across boroughs, well Bexley and Bromley are certainly. Bromley has 7000 of them to change over I believe! so a little delay is not surprising.
Hope that sheds some light on this.....
Concrete columns are old and nearing the end of their life spans so are being phased out across boroughs, well Bexley and Bromley are certainly. Bromley has 7000 of them to change over I believe! so a little delay is not surprising. Hope that sheds some light on this..... highway warrior
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9:55am Wed 6 Mar 13

Virtual-Monster says...

illuminating.....
illuminating..... Virtual-Monster
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10:30am Wed 6 Mar 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Curtain twitcher !
Curtain twitcher ! Gypo.Joe
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11:07am Wed 6 Mar 13

lord righteous says...

I am sure Robert Goddard gets baffled by quite a lot of things :)
I hope he's not my postie!
I am sure Robert Goddard gets baffled by quite a lot of things :) I hope he's not my postie! lord righteous
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11:10am Wed 6 Mar 13

Gypo.Joe says...

I forgot to say no only a curtain twitcher but a council tenant too.

Bl00dy cheek of them !
I forgot to say no only a curtain twitcher but a council tenant too. Bl00dy cheek of them ! Gypo.Joe
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4:46pm Wed 6 Mar 13

bnorther says...

I figured it out in about 2 seconds that its replacing the old one, but that the old one has yet to be dismantled.

Why on earth would anyone go to a paper with this?
I figured it out in about 2 seconds that its replacing the old one, but that the old one has yet to be dismantled. Why on earth would anyone go to a paper with this? bnorther
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7:18pm Wed 6 Mar 13

madras says...

'curious incident of the lamppost in the day time and night time ' - supposed to be a pun against 'curious incident of the dog in the nighttime'?
'curious incident of the lamppost in the day time and night time ' - supposed to be a pun against 'curious incident of the dog in the nighttime'? madras
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6:56pm Fri 8 Mar 13

jaded1 says...

He needs to get out more (during the day obviously)!!
He needs to get out more (during the day obviously)!! jaded1
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1:55am Sat 9 Mar 13

Anteater says...

As Newspeeps reported style and position are everything - FK the blasted light that is shining thru' my bedroom window
As Newspeeps reported style and position are everything - FK the blasted light that is shining thru' my bedroom window Anteater
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7:09pm Sat 9 Mar 13

danm5577 says...

Obvious they are replacing them!
There have been reports from other councils that they crack and in some cases have collapsed, one killed a baby in a pram (can't remember where this was)
Can take about a month or more for works to be completed.
Just hope they work other wise we will see him in the paper next month
Obvious they are replacing them! There have been reports from other councils that they crack and in some cases have collapsed, one killed a baby in a pram (can't remember where this was) Can take about a month or more for works to be completed. Just hope they work other wise we will see him in the paper next month danm5577
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8:52pm Sat 9 Mar 13

Marty1979 says...

Happens all the time, workmen did hole so cables can be connected then it gets filled in

Is that the best NS could come up with for news?

And if Mr Goddard is concerned about a waste of money why hasn't he reported the light that stays on?
Happens all the time, workmen did hole so cables can be connected then it gets filled in Is that the best NS could come up with for news? And if Mr Goddard is concerned about a waste of money why hasn't he reported the light that stays on? Marty1979
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9:20am Sun 10 Mar 13

Oldchap says...

danm is right - the old concrete post are dangerous, the top light part has been known to snap off & fall. If a car hits it, even comparatively lightly they can fall down

The process is a hole is dug, a new metal pole put up, electric connected to new pole, old pole disconnected, old pole removed

I'm amazed that as a postman Mr Goddard hasn't seen this before
danm is right - the old concrete post are dangerous, the top light part has been known to snap off & fall. If a car hits it, even comparatively lightly they can fall down The process is a hole is dug, a new metal pole put up, electric connected to new pole, old pole disconnected, old pole removed I'm amazed that as a postman Mr Goddard hasn't seen this before Oldchap
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11:56am Mon 11 Mar 13

banjo8 says...

I'm not sure Mr Goddard would spot anything! I bet letters have been going to the wrong houses on his round for years.
I'm not sure Mr Goddard would spot anything! I bet letters have been going to the wrong houses on his round for years. banjo8
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2:11pm Mon 11 Mar 13

Slonik says...

Some posties are so easily baffled they can't even match the numbers on letters with those on front doors.
Some posties are so easily baffled they can't even match the numbers on letters with those on front doors. Slonik
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4:11pm Mon 11 Mar 13

banjo8 says...

In fairness my current postie is pretty good and very friendly. But the last one I had in Orpington would have made an orangutan look sharp - and not bad looking either.
In fairness my current postie is pretty good and very friendly. But the last one I had in Orpington would have made an orangutan look sharp - and not bad looking either. banjo8
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