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Winter Blunderland: Christmas lights too heavy for lammposts in Swanscombe

Christmas lights in Swanscombe from last year

The Christmas lights in Swanscombe last year

Christmas lights that adorned Swanscombe High Street have been removed... because they are too heavy for lampposts.

The lights were taken down after just a week because of health and safety fears.

A survey by Kent County Council has revealed the lampposts the lights were hanging from are not safe.

A Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council spokesman said: "Every year the town council is required to apply for, and be granted, permission from Kent Highway Services to install the Christmas lights on the columns in the High Street. This was carried out in the normal manner and the lights were put up.

"Unfortunately KCC are in the process of carrying out a structural survey on all the lamp columns within Kent and as part of this structural survey we were subsequently notified that the What do you think? Join the debate by adding your comments belowcolumns we had Christmas lights on were 'code red' and that we were required to remove the Christmas lights as a matter of urgency."

KCC informed the council that code red means the street light column has a defect which cannot be repaired and therefore cannot have any additional loading or weight added to the column.

The spokesman added: "As frustrating as it is, I trust you will understand that this has taken the matter out of the control of the town council."

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