KIRKLEES Council has been urged to shed light on why it's put up two new lamp posts, side by side.
Just three feet separate the two new 20ft posts in Hill Grove, Salendine Nook.
Today they were labelled a waste of of public money - but highways chiefs insists the move wasn't a mistake.
A parliamentary candidate out posting leaflets spotted the odd placing of the posts, and brought the issue up.
Maggie Throup says: "I could not believe it. I was wandering down the street and then I saw the posts.
"I thought it must be April Fool's Day.
"There were problems with the workmanship when they changed the old posts, but that was sorted.
"It is funny at one level, but there is a serious issue as well.
"This is costing the taxpayer money. I imagine lamp-posts are not cheap and the labour will cost as well."
Ms Throup, the Conservative candidate for the Colne Valley, said: "I want an explanation as to why this has happened.
"But I think it is clear why Kirklees Council had to raise council tax by 4.9% if they keep messing things up like this."
But Kirklees highways spokesman Niel Stewart said the post had been put there at the request of a nearby householder. It was not a mistake.
The resident plans to extend his drive and a new post in the same place as the old concrete one would have been in the way.
The council decided it would be simplest to put up two, so that electric engineers could swap power to the other post when work is done. The plan is for the spare post to be dismantled later.
Mr Stewart: "This was the most economic and most suitable way of doing the work.
"The two columns will enable transfer of the service from the column close to the driveway to the boundary of the property to the other."