How am I supposed to get out now?

John Wood, owner of JW Signs on Waterloo Road in Blackpool, next to the new lamp-post which is blocking the entrance to his workshop.
John Wood, owner of JW Signs on Waterloo Road in Blackpool, next to the new lamp-post which is blocking the entrance to his workshop.
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A BUSINESSMAN is facing a bill for £200 to regain access to his workshop.

John Wood was left fuming when a new lamp-post was planted outside his premises in Waterloo Road, South Shore, blocking vehicles trying to reverse in and out.

And to add to his frustration, he said he has been told he will have to pay the £200 to get it moved.

The lamp-post has been installed by electrical company E.On, as part of the contract the company has with Blackpool Council to replace all the town’s street lights.

John, who runs J.W. Signs and Blinds, said: “I have worked out of my building for the past five years with no problem whatsoever.

“The other day E.On, on behalf of Blackpool Council, sunk a lamp-post into the ground in front of our drive-in doorway.

“Because of this we cannot now get our vehicle into the factory or any other large vehicles as the turning circle cannot be achieved as we reverse.

“I have informed the council and E.On and they have told me I now have to pay £200 to have the post re-sited.

“Had they asked me previously I would have explained this, but now I am being landed a bill for something I didn’t want in the first place. How incompetent is that?”

There have been numerous complaints about the siting of the lampposts after work began last year on the £153m private finance initiative which will see 80 per cent of the town’s street lights replaced by the year 2015.

A spokesman for Blackpool Council said it was up to E.On to decide where the new lampposts were sited and not their staff. No-one from E.On was available to comment.

Earlier this month E.On was criticised for mistakenly installing new street lights in part of the town centre earmarked for redevelopment.

The company has agreed to meet the costs of the error which saw lampposts replaced in George Street, part of the new Central Business District, even though they will have to be removed when work begins.