Pensioner chained himself to lamp-post in Browning Road in protest

The campaign that stopped WSCC from tearing down old lamposts
The campaign that stopped WSCC from tearing down old lamposts

WHEN he heard the county council was planning on tearing down ornate lamp-posts in his area, a Worthing pensioner decided to make a stand by chaining himself to one.

Bruce Webster, of Heene Road, heard West Sussex County Council had ordered the swan-neck lamp-posts, in Browning Road, Heene, to be taken down, and decided to make a stand.

The 70-year-old arrived on the scene just 15 minutes before they were due to be removed, and in order to stop the SSE contractors, he tied himself to one of the five lamp-posts – with a chain and padlock.

Mr Webster, along with residents Peter Stewart and David Humphreys, claim that Browning Road is a conservation area, and that is why the lamp-posts should stay up.

A spokesman from WSCC said: “All lighting in the county is going to be changed to standard type lighting – whether it is in a conservation area or not.

“The lights in Browning Road are not decorative as such, although they are old. Some authorities have taken up the option of providing ‘top up’ funding and this option is available to the residents.”