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Local South Australian council leaves residents shocked after placing a pole in centre of footpath

WHAT did they do? Outrage after giant utility pole installed in MIDDLE of busy path – but there’s a reason for the bizarre decision

  • Electricity pole placed in the middle of a community path in Adelaide
  • Causing big trouble for local cyclists who tried to go over the pole
  • Caught the eye of deputy mayor of Salisbury, Chad Buchanan, on Friday
  • Came after a concerned local cyclist reported the issue with Mr Buchanan
  • State’s Power Network said a new path will be built around the pole this week

A municipality has baffled residents by placing a utility pole in the middle of a shared path.

The stobie pole was built three months ago by the Little Parra River in Bolivar, north Adelaide.

The pole was brought to the attention of Salisbury Deputy Mayor Chad Buchanan on Friday by a concerned local cyclist.

The stobie pole (pictured), which popped up in the middle of a shared path along the Little Parra River in Bolivar, a northern suburb of Adelaide, has been there for about three months

The stobie pole (pictured), which popped up in the middle of a shared path along the Little Parra River in Bolivar, a northern suburb of Adelaide, has been there for about three months

The concerned resident, Tom Colls, said cyclists must swerve on gravel or along a riverbank to go around the pole.

“With longer dark hours in the winter, it can pose a risk to early morning commuters and later bikes that don’t have expensive high lumen forward lighting,” Mr Colls said. ABC news

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Deputy Mayor Chad Buchanan said, “I thought I’d seen it all.”

“I’ve asked employees to find out why Power Networks (SAPN) in South Australia have done this and if they plan to move in a new direction.”

“It was certainly mind-boggling when I saw the photo…I had to come out and see it for myself to be believed,” said Mr Buchanan. 7News Adelaide

But Paul Roberts, Power Networks’ corporate affairs manager in South Australia, explained that the pole should be placed in the center of the path.

Salisbury Deputy Mayor Chad Buchanan used Facebook on Sunday to voice his confusion over the utility pole (pictured)

Salisbury Deputy Mayor Chad Buchanan used Facebook on Sunday to voice his confusion over the utility pole (pictured)

This is because there was a wetland area on one side and moving it in the other direction would require cutting down a tree, which the company didn’t want.

There is a second utility pole further up the path instead of in the middle, but there is a fence around it that also blocks the path.

A development application approved a year ago by former Planning Minister Vickie Chapman mentions that the power lines are being built to connect to a new gas and diesel plant at the nearby Bolivar wastewater treatment plant.

One of the terms of the approval was that any infrastructure damaged during development would be repaired at SA Power Networks’ expense.

The work involved removing seven regulated trees.

Mr Buchanan said he had been ‘advised that the relevant authorities will chart a new path’ [around the pole this week]†

Mr Buchanan (pictured) said: 'It was certainly mind-boggling when I saw the picture...I had to come out and see it for myself to be believed'

Mr Buchanan (pictured) said: ‘It was certainly mind-boggling when I saw the picture…I had to come out and see it for myself to be believed’

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