Council slammed over Leith Walk lamppost ‘slalom’

Leith Walk's odd lampposts arrangement. Picture: Scott Louden
Leith Walk's odd lampposts arrangement. Picture: Scott Louden
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Bungling council chiefs have been blasted for turning a busy pavement into a “slalom course” after ignoring earlier warnings from business owners.

The council is now working to re-position several lampposts “marooned” on Leith Walk after admitting its mistake.

Leith Business Association (LBA) insists the council could have saved time and money had officials heeded the advice offered by their members in the first place.

The lampposts north of the junction with Pilrig Street were originally in the correct position, but after the council widened the pavement as part of the £9 million Leith Programme, they were left too far from the road.

Alexander Wilson, LBA chairman and vice-chairman of Marketing Leith, said: “It looks like a slalom course.

“They are marooned in their former position and totally isolated from the roadway, which is contrary to regulatory requirements.

“This matter could have been easily addressed had the officials agreed to engage with the LBA in addressing our concerns.

“The utterly ridiculous positioning of the lampposts now has been acknowledged by the contractor and agreement has been reached to re-position them to their proper position.”

LBA members said they told officials the lampposts would have to be moved when they attended meetings chaired by city environment chief Councillor Lesley Hinds.

But, they added, “obstinate” officials refused to listen to their advice until they saw how “silly” the lampposts looked following the completion of the works.

Keith Hales, LBA vice-chairman, said: “Moving them will involve additional cost and a delay to businesses affected by this re-work. For that we can only commiserate, as had recognition of our position been accepted in the first place, such inconvenience and additional cost could have been easily avoided.”

A city council spokeswoman said the local authority was looking into the claims there had been warnings, but she was unable to confirm how much re-positioning would cost and whether the Leith Programme would be delayed.