Decorations 'too heavy' for some deteriorating lampposts

Some lampposts will be without their traditional Christmas decoration this year – because they are “not strong enough” to hold the 26lb lighting rigs, parish councillors have heard.

Gower Street, St Georges. Photo: Google Maps
Gower Street, St Georges. Photo: Google Maps

St Georges and Priorslee Parish Council traditionally hangs eight-foot designs from 14 lighting columns in Gower Street and Stafford Street, St Georges, over the festive season.

But parish clerk Victoria Brain told members a safety inspection had found three of the posts had deteriorated and recommended they be missed out this year.

She added the columns were otherwise safe, but would be replaced in 2021 so the full display can go up next Christmas.

Ms Brain said “lockdown and various other delays” had pushed back the planned inspection.

“It was only done about two weeks ago and I only got the report today,” she said.

Three without decorations

“Fourteen columns have Christmas decorations on in St Georges, and it turns out three of them are actually not strong enough to put a Christmas decoration on – two in Gower Street and one in Stafford Street.

“If we’d heard about it months ago we could have ordered new columns, but, obviously there’s nothing we can do now for this Christmas. So, I’m afraid, there will be three where there won’t be decorations.

“I just wanted to update you on that because you might wonder why on earth there are a few gaps where you might have expected to see a Christmas motif.”

Councillor Robert Cadman suggested putting a notice about this on the parish council’s Facebook page to reassure residents that the gaps in the display were intentional.

Councillor Maureen Warner asked what would be done with the decorations instead of being hung up.

Ms Brain said the columns where they would normally go had specially-fitted brackets and electrical connectors, so the 2.5-metre, 12kg hanging lights could not be displayed anywhere else.

“I’m afraid they’ll just have to not be used,” she said.

Ms Brain added the columns did not present an immediate danger to the public, and they would be replaced in the new year so the decorations could be in place next Christmas.

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