Lamp posts from Sheffield streets are being sold online for hundreds of pounds, The Star has learned.
The father of a council worker from Amey - which is carrying out the Streets Ahead contract to resurface the city’s streets and replace lamps with LED models - claimed staff are selling the lamps at a farm near Sheffield for up to £250 a piece, and they are being sold on again.
He told The Star: “Why can’t the council wake up and sell the lamps themselves to put money into their coffers?”
On auction website eBay, a cast iron Sheffield lamp post is currently being advertised for sale in the city centre with bids starting at £100.
Another lot of four cast iron lamp posts to be collected from Sheffield is for sale at £220.
In Sharrow Vale, residents are campaigning to save 83 historic cast iron street lamps from being removed.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition asking for removal plans to be rescheduled.
The council said it cannot reschedule the work but the posts will be put to one side for the community.
Shelley Cockayne, chair of Sharrow Vale Community Association, said: “I always knew the value of the lamps was more than £70 scrap - it’s a shame Sheffield is being undersold again.”
A Streets Ahead spokesman said all 68,000 Sheffield streetlights were being upgraded to offer clearer light and save energy.
She added: “We recycle the removed lampposts in various ways, limiting the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
“With cast iron lights the public do sometimes contact us to enquire about purchasing these, mainly as a feature for their garden, which is a service we offer when these types of posts are available.
“Once a lamppost has been purchased it is the property of the individual.”