‘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!
By way of explanation, I understand that the absence of illumination from this civic design feature is not due to Morrisons inability to change a light bulb, but a problem in getting their landlord – the original planning applicant – to fix or replace a slightly more sophisticated bit of decorative lighting apparatus.
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?
John Cooban, Three Bridges
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