A “DANGEROUS” looking traffic light in Crieff’s High Street is giving cause for concern to local residents.
The control at the pedestrian crossing near the Post Office is badly corroded at its base with the internal wiring clearly showing.
Local man David Cowan said he reported the light to Perth and Kinross Council months ago but has only just been told by them that it is the responsibility of Scotland Transerv.
He said: “I complained (for the first time in my life since it is such a serious problem) about this to the county council offices several months ago, again about two months ago, then last week, where they gave me a telephone number for Transerv who promised to look into the matter. Then I telephoned the police last week but nothing has been done.
“The traffic light is in an alarming state, sways in a blustery wind and looks ready to fall at any time, perhaps on to pedestrians or oncoming traffic.
“I first noticed it, as I have mentioned, about three months ago, when I noticed the paint bubbling around the base, and gave it an inquisitive poke with my umbrella, and was horrified when a large hole appeared. Walking round to the other side I gave it another poke and the second hole appeared. It is being held up with just a few inches of rusty metal.”
With the constant shaking from passing traffic and the wind, David is worried that it is only a matter of time before the metal fractures completely, with the potential to cause serious injury.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “It has been like that for ages. It looks really dangerous. Someone placed cones around it a few weeks ago but these have disappeared.
“It would just take someone to unwittingly lean on it for it to topple. I’m sure it is probably very heavy and people are concerned now that it is an accident waiting to happen.”
A spokesperson for Scotland Transerv assured the Herald that the crossing signal pole has been checked by traffic signal engineers and has been found “not to present a risk to the public”. However, he also stated that arrangements are in hand to replace it “as a matter of priority”.