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Havering Council replaces Upminster streetlights as engineers tell residents old ones were 'structurally unsafe'

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 June 2018

This streetlight in Cranston Park Avenue is one of three that have been replaced this week after failing safety tests. Engineers replacing the lamp told residents the former ones had been

This streetlight in Cranston Park Avenue is one of three that have been replaced this week after failing safety tests. Engineers replacing the lamp told residents the former ones had been "structurally unsafe". Photo: Matt Clemenson.

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Havering Council has replaced a number of streetlights in Upminster after recent tests found they were 'structurally unsafe', the Recorder can reveal.

A number of lamps in Cranston Park Avenue, Brackendale Gardens and Argyle Gardens have been replaced this week, with work crews from Volker Highways – contracted by Havering Council, telling residents it was because the current ones had been deemed unsafe.

One Cranston Park resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Recorder: “The engineers they sent out were quite talkative, one of them said to me that apparently they could have fallen down on someone’s head at any minute!”

Havering Council confirmed three Upminster streetlights have been replaced this week.

Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We regularly test our street lights to ensure that they function properly and are safe.

“The results of the testing means that we have decided to replace three columns on those streets.”

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