|Romiley's New Lamp Posts, 2003/4 [9/9]|
A journey through time and space with an Aiptek PenCam
45: Score 27/28 painted black, foot-dragging still continuing ...
The two fancy lamps at the western limit of the New Lamp Zone have received their black paint but they are still waiting for their golden stripes at street level (and their numbers). Meanwhile, lamp No. 11 near the Grey Horse is still its original blue and it seems to have been forgotten completely.
46: Still got the blues!
Fancy lamps 14 (above, left) & 15 at the western limit of the New Lamp Zone have received their gold trim but they are still waiting for numbers. Meanwhile, lamp No. 11 on Stockport Road near the Grey Horse pub (above, right) has not been touched since it was installed. There can be no doubt that it has been forgotten completely as have No. 86 (left) and No. 84 (right) on Compstall Road. They should be Nos. 10 & 12 respectively under the revised scheme, but the cowboys seem quite happy with their slap-dash numbering system.
47: Confederate Grey at last.
We understand that Romiley residents have been showering their Triv-Dem local councillors with emails since our last posting. They've been asking for the reason why the cowboys running the new lamps project have omitted Lamp 11 on Stockport Road from the painting programme.
48: Excruciatingly slow fade to black.
New Lamp 11 on Stockport Road has been painted black at long last. But sharp-eyed lamp post spotters will note that it still has a horizontal stripe of grey undercoat showing where the base steps down in diameter to the pole. Which means that the painters will be making yet another trip to Romiley to apply the gold trim (to make it match the nearby litter bin) after the black coat has hardened.
49: Matching Litter Bin & Lamp Post.
Okay, so New Lamp 11 on Stockport Road has its gold stripe now. So what about finishing the bloody job and putting numbers on the last 3 new lamps of the set, Stockport Council?
50: One of our new lamps ... is history!
New Lamp 6 on Compstall Road (yellow arrowed, left picture) has been kidnapped by the gangs of invisible workmen, who are busy fencing off bits of the pavement and creating an obstacle course for the entertainment of Romiley's pedestrians.
51: They're messing about with the new lamps again.
The cowboys have been at it again going round the surviving new lamps and fitting them with a tubular bar about 15 feet off the ground on the pavement side.
UPDATE 2004/08/15: What is going on here? After they had fitted tubular bars to all but one of the new lamps, some cowboy had second thoughts and sent the workmen back to remove the bars from the pairs of fancy-topped new lamps at either end of the new lamp zone.
52: Job done, the vanished lamp is being returned
The sewer repair marathon has been completed and, after over 4 months in storage, new Lamp 6 on Compstall Road is on its way back. The base was restored in a decidely sorry, scratched condition. So Romiley's lamp-watchers are wondering if it will get a new coat of paint after it has been topped off, and whether it will get a golden number and a tubular bar, as this lamp was removed a month or so before the bars were fitted.
53: No great sense of urgency about getting it working, though
Great excitement in the village when some men dug a hole around the base of Lamp 6 and the painters' van with the hydraulic arm turned up. And then nothing much happened.
54: Reassembled : Painted & Working would be nice
Strange how nothing happens on nice, sunny days but the moment the weather turns nasty, the workmen turn up for an outdoor job. This lamp is back in one piece now and Romiley's residents are waiting to see if our Local Libs will get the lamp job done propertly at long last.
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