A team of bungling workmen erected a new street light in the middle of a tree, only for their bosses to then blame the tree for the mistake.
The 22ft light was installed outside the Agincourt House Offices in Newport, Gwent, and was positioned right in the heart of a thickly-leaved tree which blocked all the light.
Despite the workers positioning the light within the branches and leaves, Newport City Council officials have blamed the size of the London plane tree for the mistake.
A team of bungling workmen erected a new street light in the middle of a tree, only for Newport City Council officials to then blame the tree for the mistake
The new lamppost was positioned so that its peak was sat in the heart of the leaves and branches of the London plane tree
A spokesperson for the council said: ‘The issue here is not the positioning of the lamppost, which was replaced in the same position as the previous column, but the tree.
‘It is the most suitable location for the column as it has to light the nearby roundabout and it is where the energy supply is located.
‘The tree is being assessed and we will ask the owner to cut back the tree.’
Despite Newport City Council blaming the 60ft tree, residents near the newly-installed lamppost Locals were puzzled why no-one had a lightbulb moment and thought to move it just a few yards away.
Nearby resident Karen Thomas, 42, said: ‘It is daft thing to spend money on.. You think someone would have seen the light by now.’
A Newport City Council spokesperson said that the lamppost had to be positioned below the tree so that it could light up a nearby roundabout and was also close to the energy supply. Pictured: Neighbour Fred Fee, 68
The London plane tree blocked all the light given off from the newly-installed lamppost
Neighbour Fred Fee, 68, said: ‘Why the tree needs its own source of light is a mystery. I cannot imagine why anybody started doing it there – there’s just is no thought gone into it.
‘If it came on, there is no way there would be any light coming out of it. It’s bureaucracy at its best.’
Office workers in the Agincourt House Offices were left equally confused by the tree being blamed.
One worker said: ‘It is a joke really – which came first: The tree or the lampost?
‘But a tree is a work of nature whereas a badly-place street light is a work of the local council.’
Office property landlord Giles Nuttall is aware of the light issue but is out of the country ‘on leave’.