GALLERY: Barriers are an “accident waiting to happen” says Wisbech guesthouse owner

17:26 18 August 2014

Street lighting barriers in Lynn Road Wisbech,Picture: Steve Williams.

Street lighting barriers in Lynn Road Wisbech,Picture: Steve Williams.

Archant

Barriers placed around lamp posts in Wisbech are an accident waiting to happen according to a guest house owner who is among scores of people on social media sites who are worried about the problem.

Barrier troubles in Wisbech Barrier troubles in Wisbech

The barriers have been put up in 12 streets in the town as part of a major plan to upgrade street lighting to make it more energy efficient

However, some have been put across thin pathways meaning pushchairs and wheelchairs cannot get past.

Others have not been secured properly so they either fall down, are blown down by high winds or are knocked down by children or passing drunks, according to commentators on Wisbech Shape Your Place and the Wisbech Free Discussion page on Facebook.

Liz Mcmanus, who runs Al Gethi Guesthouse in Lynn Road, said; “Balfour Beatty are doing the work and when I contacted them they said they had fixed them, but this morning the barriers are all fallen over in Lynn Road. The same in Norwich Road.

Barrier troubles in WisbechBarrier troubles in Wisbech

“It is very dangerous. They just stood them back up and didn’t secure them. There is an exposed hole in one case I know of. It is an accident waiting to happen.”

The lamp posts which are being replaced are in Norwich Road, Colville Road, Clarence Road, Clarkson Avenue, Enterprise Way, Onyx Court, Howletts Hill, Blackfriars Road, East Street, East place, Lynn Road and Freedom Bridge.

Some of the old lamp posts are still in place despite the new ones being put in and switched into service.

The work is being carried out on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council. A spokesman said they are in touch with Balfour Beatty to sort the issue.

The fallen few, barriers falling around lamp posts in WisbechThe fallen few, barriers falling around lamp posts in Wisbech

A Balfour Beatty spokesman said: “The safety of members of the public is our number one priority. However the recent high winds caused a lot of damage, including the knocking down of a number of barriers around street lamps.

“We sent teams out to reset the barriers on Friday and again over the weekend. We are always grateful to members of the public for alerting us to any damage, whether caused by weather, traffic or vandals, and we will do our very best to reinstate the proper safety provisions.

“Subject to weather conditions, the street lamp works in the area are due to be complete during the week commencing September 1.”

•Have you experienced problems with the barriers in Wisbech? Have you had problems with any other work carried out around town? Email us kath.sansom@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Wisbech Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Wisbech Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Wisbech Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

16 minutes ago
Video stills: Police released this footage from one of the ATM raids

Five men – including one from Parson Drove and another from Upwell- have been convicted of a string of ATM ram raids and burglaries in which more than £400,000 was stolen and £250,000 of damage caused.

10:00
Cllr Alan Melton covering a shift as a refuse collector in 2010, when he was leader of the council.

Former Fenland District Council leader Alan Melton heaped praise on the area’s binmen and street cleaners as he said farewell to the council chamber after 34 years.

09:00
Jonathan Blackman, Chris Lillywhite, John Chapman and Mike Hutchinson.

Three expert fruit growers at a Wisbech company have received a prestigious industry qualification.

08:00
Cllr Virginia Bucknor.

Calls were made for Fenland District Council to recruit more apprentices after one councillor said she was “surprised” there is only one on the books at Fenland Hall.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition today E-edition