SHODDY paintwork on new lights in Bognor Regis town centre is to replaced.
Arun District Council has pledged to ensure the current two-tone patchy finish will go.
A council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of this issue. The paintwork on the lampposts was slightly damaged during delivery and installation so a temporary repair was carried out using the darker paint.
“These areas will now be repainted using the correct colour paint.
“Any other defects spotted will be rectified as part of the process of bringing phase one of this project to a close and letting the public enjoy the improved London Road pedestrian area.”
Criticism of the standard of the paint immediately after the 11 lights were put in along the precinct was made this week by district and county councillor Francis Oppler.
He said the quality of the finish of them let down the town. The 11 structures were put in over the past few weeks as part of the closing stages of the scheme of some £600,000 by Arun.
Cllr Oppler (LD, Orchard) said the lampposts, along the precinct’s western side, were of poor quality.
“First of all, battleship grey is possibly the dullest colour which could have been chosen.
“We are a seaside town and the colour should have been bright and sunny and not a reminder of a grey day.
“The finish of the metalwork is absolutely dreadful. You can see the manufacturer’s weld marks and where the manufacturer has touched up scratches in a darker grey.
“Even from a distance, you can see the pitted marks.
“That just does not happen in any other town of a similar nature.
“It’s a lack of quality and it lets the town down.”
But he acknowledged the scheme had benefited the town. “The work that has been done has improved the precinct over what it was previously,” he said.
“I very much welcome the greening with all the trees that have been planted.”
Arun’s contractor was finishing the precinct work this week.