Investigation after Crawley man writes ‘prongs’ poem about Morrisons’ faulty light poles

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Crawley council has launched an investigation into a breach of planning condition over Morrisons’ faulty light poles after a reader wrote a poem about them.

The tall ‘prongs’ facing The Boulevard stopped working shortly after the supermarket was opened last summer.

The poem by John Cooban, of Hazelwick Road, Three Bridges, reads:

‘Morrisons Prongs’ in Crawley,

Are four lanterns that work rather poorly;

From The Bou-le-vard

You have to look hard

For these beacons of townscape, quite surely!

He added: “The illuminated ‘prongs’ were accepted as discharging planning conditions seeking a visual focus in lieu of a building of any outstanding architectural profile.

“One of the four lanterns was seen to have stopped working very soon after the development was completed, so all were switched off and seem to have remained so ever since.

“Will planning enforcement action be necessary to see evenings in Crawley Town Centre graced by their light again?”

A council spokesman said it had launched an investigation into a breach of planning condition.

Planning permission was granted on conditions which included the building’s lighting strategy would be maintained as agreed ‘to achieve development of high visual quality’.

The spokesman said: “The council is investigating a breach of a planning condition and is in contact with the building’s owners to ensure that any such issues are addressed at the earliest opportunity.”

The building owner, Land Securities, was to respond to a council letter over the breach by October 8.

A spokesman for Land Securities said it was investigating.

Mr Cooban is a self employed landscape architect and arboriculturist, member of Three Bridges Forum and has lived in Crawley since 1976.

He lobbied the council to ensure the High Street end of The Boulevard had interesting architecture after planning permission for the store was sought.

He noticed the lights were not on as the days were getting shorter this year. He said: “It sort of inspired me to put pen to paper as it were.”

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