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Lampposts erected in a Birmingham street two years ago have never been turned on - and have been branded a "total waste of money" by a former councillor.

The green lampposts went up in Grove Avenue, Moseley, in May 2012, as part of an £8,000 project to replace ornate Edwardian stands.

But Liberal Democrat Martin Mullaney, who used to be council cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, claimed they were supposed to have been fitted in nearby Oxford Road and Blenheim Road.

And he said they were “planted” in the middle of the pavement, sparking complaints from angry residents who felt the columns were an obstruction.

“The old, cast-iron lamp-posts were well liked, but cracked and splintered when cars hit them,” Mr Mullaney explained.

“I wanted some of them re-erected in our parks, where there is no car traffic.

“That hasn’t happened, either.”

Green posts were successfully installed in Elmfield Crescent, Greenend Road and Greenhill Road.

But Mr Mullaney, who failed to win re-election in his Moseley and Kings Heath ward in 2012, said the Grove Avenue work caused controversy.

“I was having to manage the project – I should not have been doing that,” he said.

“The day before my unsuccessful re-election in May 2012, I started getting telephone calls from angry residents.

“They said a bunch of lampposts had been erected in the middle of the pavement and there was not enough room to get wheelchairs around them.

“I contacted contractors Amey, tellling them to stop work because the lampposts were in the wrong road.

“When I lost my election the next day, I was no longer leading on the project and they’ve been left there ever since.”

A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “The Grove Avenue scheme was put on hold in September, 2012.

“That was at the request of local councillors and residents of Grove Avenue and the surrounding streets in order to assess the relative costs of different street lamps and consult with residents in the wider conservation area.

"This consultation has nearly finished and we envisage proposals will be communicated to residents next month with a view to completion of works in the area over the summer.

“The lampposts in Grove Avenue are not in the wrong place.

“They have been located close to the front of the footpath in order to provide the most efficient design solution and avoid existing underground services.

“They will be connected over the summer as part of the wider completion of works.”

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