Lighting decision deemed ‘crazy’ and ‘frustrating’

New streetlight hidden in the foliage in Orchard Avenue
New streetlight hidden in the foliage in Orchard Avenue
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THE relocation of a streetlight in Orchard Avenue, Worthing, has been labelled a ‘fiasco’ by county councillor for Tarring, Bob Smytherman.

A lamp that has provided residents on the street with what they say was perfectly adequate light for more than 40 years has been replaced with a new light obstructed by a tree canopy.

Roy Burtenshaw, 66, of Orchard Avenue, Worthing, said: “Rather than improve the lighting they have made it poorer. All you get now is a shadow of the tree across the road. It’s crazy what they are doing. You can see how enclosed it is. They told the lady at number 45 to trim the tree, but you don’t trim a tree canopy.”

Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE), the company behind, the decision is in the process of replacing 60,000 streetlights across West Sussex.

For the full story see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, August 15.