Lib Dems demand action on missing lamppost

January 18, 2009 11:28 PM
Cllrs David Kendall and Karen Chilvers with residents Christine Marquis, Alex Horlford and Katrina Daniels in a dark St James' Road

Cllrs David Kendall and Karen Chilvers with residents Christine Marquis, Alex Holford and Katrina Daniels in a dark St James' Road

Liberal Democrat councillor Karen Chilvers is demanding action on a lamppost that has been missing from St James' Road for months.

The lamppost was removed during the building of Brunel House but, despite a promise that it would be restored before the winter nights drew in, residents are still waiting. This means that those who live in Rollason Way, Chase Road, Wharf Road, Railway Square and St James' Road are faced with a dark walk home from the station and are fearing for their safety.

Cllr Chilvers said:

"A number of residents contacted me about this issue and I've been trying to get this light re-installed since last September. I have been constantly fobbed off by Essex County Council with vague promises of it being "completed in the New Year" and, recently, them washing their hands of it and passing the buck to the developer.

"They must recognise that this puts residents in a vulnerable position when they are out after dark and I am asking for urgent action to restore the lamppost so residents can feel safe on their way to and from their homes.

"In simple terms, we want a date for installation and we want it soon."