Camden News - by PAUL KEILTHY Published: 7 August 2008
Lamp-post safety bill £750,000
MORE than 550 lamp-posts across the borough have been condemned as unsafe and are being replaced in an emergency £750,000 scheme. A Camden-wide survey of lamp-posts found that 567 were suffering “structural failure”, where more than half of the casing has been eroded by rain and dogs, presenting a risk to passers by.
The biggest single project is in West End Lane, West Hampstead, where the council has dedicated £345,000 to replacements.
Lamp-post “stumps” have been appearing across the borough but have prompted few queries from residents, a response described as “surprising” by Town Hall engineers.
Last March the New Journal reported how three dogs had been electrocuted by lamp-posts, including Willow a German Shepherd, who died after a shock from a lamp-post in Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town.