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MIDLANDS COUNCILS FACE LARGE LAMP POST BILL

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Taxpayers and councillors across the Midlands face multi-million-pound bills to replace dangerous lamp posts hit by...
Taxpayers and councillors across the Midlands face multi-million-pound bills to replace dangerous lamp posts hit by 'concrete cancer', the Brimingham Post reports (p1).

In Walsall the council is being asked for o200,000 a year for the next seven years to tackle the problem after badly corroded street lights were found to be posing a serious risk to pedestrians and motorists.

The concrete posts became popular with councils in the 1960s and 1970s as a cheaper alternative to metal but over the years the metal rod core has rusted and the concrete crumbled.Two years ago a driver was killed in Gateshead when a lamp post collapsed on his car.

In Birmingham 2,000 lamp posts have been identified as needing replacement and Warwickshire has 1,000 crumbling concrete lights out of 50,000 but cannot afford the cash to replace them.
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