Leaning lamp post is dangerous

Rashad Francis is concerned about the exposed electrical wires and the leaning lamp post in Short Street, Springs Extension.

A leaning lamp post in Springs Extension poses a danger to pedestrians.

The lamp post is situated on the corner of Short and Main streets, Springs Extension.

It was allegedly bumped and pulled over by a passing truck a few months ago.

According to businessman Rashad Francis, the lamp post is leaning dangerously over the road.

He fears it might fall onto a passing vehicle or pedestrian.

Next to the lamp post is a thick electrical cable which has been cut off.

“This on its own is dangerous, as we don’t know whether the wires are live or not,” he says.

Another lamp post situated in Main Street is also leaning towards the buildings.

He says they reported both lamp posts to the metro about three months ago, but nothing has been done about them.

“Something needs to be done before someone gets injured or even killed, especially by the exposed electrical wires,” says Francis.

He is also concerned that the street is dark, making it ideal for criminals to attack pedestrians.

Francis claims in 2016 the metro replaced pipes on the pavement in front of their businesses and, although they fixed the pavement, it has sunk due to the rain.

“Given the current poor condition of the pavement, any pedestrian could suffer a fall,” he says.

Francis suggests the best way to handle the sunken pavement is to remove the damaged area and patch it up with new materials.

The metro failed to comment at the time of publishing.

Anna Robertson

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