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Workmen call for help after residents hug lamp posts to stop them being removed http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/send-in-the-light-brigade-workmen-call-for-help-after-residents-hug-lamp-posts-to-stop-them-being-removed-8687280.html:

"Police were sent in after council workmen called 999 because they felt threatened by residents hugging lamp posts and demanding answers about a controversial street lighting upgrade programme.

Residents said they took to the street to protest because they fear the new ones will “ruin the character” of the area..

Mark Richardson said “We were hugging the lamp posts and saying how nice they are...the council are vandalising our street”

A Croydon council spokesman said they were in fact rusting and “increasingly beyond repair, both electrically and structurally.” The new lights would be brighter and more energy-efficient."

Haven't these people got anything better to do?

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The same thing is happening in Cambridge. All the existing, characterful street lamps are being replaced by new ones. Regardless of the effect on house prices (almost certainly none) it's a shame that the new ones are so desperately bland - you could be in any faceless euro-town. I think somewhere along the way someone forgot about design.

Plus they are considerably taller which you might have thought would mean they could be spaced further apart. Apparently not.

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Hmmm... 12 year old lamposts being replaced already. Nice work if you can get it, hey, Skansa. dry.gif

If they actually reduce the light thrown into space, might actually be a good thing.

I shall miss the warm orange sodium glow over Northern hills and valleys.

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