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Swanscombe Christmas lights on "code red"

PUBLISHED: 14:51 30 November 2012

Swanscombe dwellers will have to head to Dartford to see some Christmas lights

Swanscombe dwellers will have to head to Dartford to see some Christmas lights

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Tragedy has struck in Swanscombe High Street as the Christmas lights have had to be removed before even being switched on following a "code red" warning.

Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council had put up the lights around lamp columns in the road but hastily had to taken them down when Kent County Council notified them to tell them of a potential danger.

KCC informed the council that “code red means that the street light column has a defect which cannot be repaired and therefore cannot have additional loading/weight added to the column”.

To the dismay of the town council the Christmas lights have been packed away and won’t return again until next year.

A town council spokesman said: “As frustrating as it is we wanted to assure the residents and many visitors to the town that once KCC has resolved their issue with their columns, and the columns are replaced, the long standing tradition enjoyed by everyone of Christmas lighting in Swanscombe High Street can continue next year.”

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