30 January 2021

New street lights on Ham Common

This started as a simple recording of works taking place, just as I did when the lights along Upper Ham Road were replaced in 2019, but while those lights were replaced without a fuss, this time there has been something of a commotion.

The problem that some people see is that the old lights looked older than they were and they wanted that fake old look retained.

Replacing the chunky green street light is this thin black one. You have to make a point of standing somewhere like this to even notice it but angry words are being spoken about the desecration of the conservation area. I have no problem with them at all.

The argument has forced me to take a detailed look at the lights around the Common and it is surprising just how many variations of poles and lamps there still are even after the latest round of replacements.

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