Having seen the two new lamp posts installed and connected on Westfield Road, we were sad to find out yesterday (from a resident) that they were being removed and relocated.
Buckinghamshire Council (BC) has confirmed that unfortunately the columns were incorrectly installed by the contractor and they were aware that the re-work was required (although they didn’t know that it had been scheduled). The information from BC reads as follows:
- “It is the contractor that is having to move the columns not BC (or TW).
- The contractor did not adhere to the detail of the order they were given and installed the lamp columns too far apart.
- The overall distance covered by the new columns was around 91 metres rather than 70 metres as agreed, so could not be accepted.
- The costs of the new columns are being picked up by Taylor Wimpey and the changes are to be covered by the contractor, who owned up to having made the mistake. There is, therefore, no cost whatsoever to the taxpayer.”
It is frustrating that having been installed, the columns couldn’t remain in those locations (ie nearer the gate than anticipated) and just as frustrating that Buckinghamshire Council didn’t engage with the parish council and residents to let us know in advance what was happening.
Buckinghamshire Council confirms that their proposed installation plans have not changed and that they will be delivering to the previously advised specification.