Swanscombe Xmas lights to be taken down due to health and safety

Lamposts were said to be 'code red'

Lamposts were said to be 'code red'

First published in Dartford & Swanley news by

SWANSCOMBE High Street Christmas lights are to be taken down before they have even been turned on – because of health and safety risks.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council (SGTC) wrote on its website that the lamp posts it had attached the lights to are “code red” and cannot take the weight of the lights.

It was told this by Kent County Council which is currently carrying out a structural survey on all lamp columns in Kent.

KCC said: “Code red means that the street light column has a defect which cannot be repaired and therefore cannot have any additional weight added to the column”.

The lights were due to be switched on in December.

The town council said: “As a responsible town council, and not wanting to place people or property in any danger, the town council acted on KCC's advice and arranged for the Christmas lights to be removed for this year.

“The town council wanted to assure the residents that once KCC has resolved their issue with their columns, and the columns are replaced, the long-standing tradition enjoyed by everyone of Christmas lighting in Swanscombe High Street can continue next year.”

It added: “The town council has submitted its concerns regarding the possibility of areas being left in darkness for long periods of time to KCC and is awaiting its response”.

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4:49pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

It's not a case of health & safety. The reality is that the lights revealed Swanscombe to be even more depressing at night than during the day.

As well as that, the burglars of Swanscombe objected that the extra light was a breach of their human rights to make a dishonest living.
It's not a case of health & safety. The reality is that the lights revealed Swanscombe to be even more depressing at night than during the day. As well as that, the burglars of Swanscombe objected that the extra light was a breach of their human rights to make a dishonest living. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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5:05pm Fri 30 Nov 12

mouthalmighty says...

Well said lord.
Well said lord. mouthalmighty
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5:15pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

mouthalmighty wrote:
Well said lord.
Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]mouthalmighty[/bold] wrote: Well said lord.[/p][/quote]Thank you. Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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11:38am Sat 1 Dec 12

ksc says...

If that is the case, then I hope a couple of big fat pidgins don't land on any Swanscombe street lights or the whole lot could come down. More to the point, has Swanscombe never had xmas lights before, if so they managed to stay upright then, so now they are too weakened to take the weight of the lights where as before they could, if that is the case then the powers to be should really consider taking the lot down and replacing them with ones that aren't extremely dangerous, and could at any moment collapse on people, if and when a flock of well fed pidgins lands on them. Or could they have just have found a way of saving on the electricity bill?
If that is the case, then I hope a couple of big fat pidgins don't land on any Swanscombe street lights or the whole lot could come down. More to the point, has Swanscombe never had xmas lights before, if so they managed to stay upright then, so now they are too weakened to take the weight of the lights where as before they could, if that is the case then the powers to be should really consider taking the lot down and replacing them with ones that aren't extremely dangerous, and could at any moment collapse on people, if and when a flock of well fed pidgins lands on them. Or could they have just have found a way of saving on the electricity bill? ksc
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4:24pm Sun 2 Dec 12

rojo174 says...

'kin council
'kin council rojo174
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9:29pm Sun 2 Dec 12

mareen says...

Who authorised putting up the lights in the first place, you can't just stick lights up without consent, the **** council, that's who and now people within the KCC lights inspection durisdiction area are taking their lives in to their own hands walking along any street without knowing if a 'code red' is likely to come down on them and smash their brains in. It's like April fools day has come early in this council. Is it a 'jobs worth' or a 'quango'
Who authorised putting up the lights in the first place, you can't just stick lights up without consent, the **** council, that's who and now people within the KCC lights inspection durisdiction area are taking their lives in to their own hands walking along any street without knowing if a 'code red' is likely to come down on them and smash their brains in. It's like April fools day has come early in this council. Is it a 'jobs worth' or a 'quango' mareen
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