Bungling workman who planted a lamppost in the middle of a pavement blocking wheelchairs, prams and mobility scooters is slammed as ‘jobsworth in a hurry’ by furious residents
- The post was one of a number put in as part of a new housing development
A lamppost has been left in the middle of a pavement by a ‘jobsworth in a hurry’ workman, who locals have slammed as they complain the placement blocks wheelchairs, prams and mobility scooters.
The post, which was erected in the seaside village of Cayton, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, was planted in the middle of a section of pavement despite others on the street being placed next to the road instead.
Locals have already complained about bumping into the street lamp slap bang in the middle of the footpath off St John’s View.
To make matters worse, it is understood the job also involved the workmen resurfacing the pavement, meaning part or all of the work may need to be redone in order to fix the error.
Residents have been left fuming, reportedly the latest in a string of buildings works to have affected their properties in recent years.
Resident Barbara Davies, 70, described the placement of the lamppost as a ‘disgrace’
The other lampposts on the street were all placed in a line at the edge of the road, rather than obstructing the pavement
Local pensioner Barbara Davies, 70, said: ‘It is a disgrace. Wheel chairs and mobility scooters cannot get round it and neither can mums with prams.
‘Someone will have to come and move it. I don’t know when it is going to happen but I expect the public will be paying it.’
Gareth Taylor said: ‘I feel so bad for the residents of that row of houses. They’ve had to put up with years of having the front of their houses dug up, constant traffic lights and new builds ruining what was once a lovely country lane.
‘Now this monstrosity fitted by a jobsworth in a hurry.’
The new street lights were installed as part of a new housing development being built in the area which has already led to ill feeling among local residents.
Robert Messruther said: ‘Why not on the grassy area? It looks ridiculous and imagine a kid on a scooter or bike colliding with it.’
Becky Gillon added: ‘If you look at the placement of the one before, I genuinely can’t fathom why whoever put it in thought it was a good idea.’
Meanwhile Sue Ainsworth added: ‘Don’t they know [the pavement] is for people with prams, wheelchairs and disabled scooters?’
One local joked: ‘Just when you thought it was safe to walk looking at your phone the lampposts are on the move.’
North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director for environment, Karl Battersby, said: ‘The lamp post appears to have been installed by a developer before changes to the layout of the path and road have started.
‘We will be contacting them to ask for the lamp post to be removed as soon as possible.’
The developer, David Wilson Homes, has been contacted for comment.