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New street lighting upsets householder

By Ongar Gazette  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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NEW street lighting around the Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre has provoked anger among residents.

A host of new lampposts and signs have been erected around the medical centre, in Fyfield Road, making it "cluttered", according to residents.

Two lampposts, no more than 15 metres apart, have been erected next to a new zebra crossing, close to the home of Geraldine Mapother.

The 61-year-old claims the new lighting did not feature in the original site plans of the medical centre.

"We had a map showing 'no waiting' signs on it, but nothing about these street lights," she said.

"They have just come and put one right on the edge of our entrance to our driveway. They are not giving us any information about what they are doing."

One of the newly installed lampposts, to the side of Mrs Mapother's property, casts a light on to her front driveway, which she describes as "acceptable".

But it is the second lamppost, installed last Tuesday, that will cause the problems.

"It's going to light up the front rooms of our house," said Mrs Mapother.

"All these new posts are changing the face of the area. When I moved here five years ago I could only see one lamppost, now everywhere you look there's something."

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "I don't think all the lampposts are necessary, but there's not much we can do about it.

"We weren't told anything about them. I just saw a big hole in the ground and the next minute they put the lamppost down."

County councillor Derrick Louis, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "Street lighting has been upgraded as a requirement for the new zebra crossing installed outside the Ongar Medical Centre, in Fyfield Road. The crossing was required as set out in a condition attached to the planning permission for the medical centre granted by Epping Forest District Council."

The new £6.7 million medical centre is due to open in October, but uncertainty still surrounds which health services will move from the town to the new facility.

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