Lincoln councillor calls for urgent safety checks after part of street light falls to ground ‘like a spear’

A Lincolnshire county councillor has demanded urgent safety checks are carried out after part of a street light on Lincoln High Street fell to the floor “like a spear”, narrowly missing him and a resident.

Councillor Kev Clarke, who was re-elected to represent Boultham in the county council elections earlier this month, witnessed the worrying incident on Saturday, May 27.

He said: “I was in the paved area of the High Street discussing issues with a resident of Boultham when we heard a crashing noise.

“Standing only a matter of feet away from the column; I looked towards the direction we had heard the noise and there was a section of the light fitment on the ground.

“The fitment would have acted like a spear, so thankfully no one was directly underneath the light at the time.

“However, I feel the county council needs to carry out an urgent safety review.”

Group manager of the design services, John Monk, said: “One of our senior engineers has visited the site and confirmed that the light in question poses no further danger.

“All our street lights are routinely inspected and situations like this are rare. People can report any problems they might encounter via www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/faultreporting or by calling 01522 782070.”