The elected representatives usually couldn't give a flying stuff what colour their lampposts are.
Surely, if the councillors are not up to scratch it is for the electorate to kick them out and elect different ones, which often happens if they ignore their residents views. I doubt they got postbags screeching outrage at two tone lamp post schemes.
In any case, street furniture should be providing a road safety function, not promoting a brand.
But if that were the case plant hanging baskets hung from street lamps should be forbidden as they distract from their core function? Some street furniture is there for aesthetic reasons. We have ornate lamp posts for aesthetic reasons, we have coloured block paving, so there is no reason why there should not be liveried lamp post paint schemes.
Anyway what is wrong with promoting a brand when the organisation owns the lamp posts. Should all post boxes be painted black instead of red with a black base because the red promotes a brand and all over black would be cheaper?
I cannot see what benefit having two tone lamp columns provides other than increased
maintenance costs and therefore higher council tax.
You could equally say "I cannot see what benefit having ornamental lamp columns provides other than increased maintenance costs and therefore higher council tax" That is surely an argument for the sort of dour utilitarianism that brought us brutalist concrete tower blocks in the 1960s.
And I liked the old two tones in some areas (blue and white is a nice mix), but see why we don't bother anymore.
I'm not that great a fan of two tone myself. But surely the point is that if the council wants to get rid of two tone then that is fine, it is some cabal of bureacrats in Westminster (who don't seem to be aware of the Disability Disrimination Act) deciding to pass regulations forbidding two tone colours that I object to.
As to black being considered environmentally sensitive. By Whom?
In the old days sign posts were not painted black and white for fun, it was so that people could see them and not walk into them at night. I suspect the current fad for both painting everything black and then taking the fuse out of the streetlights will end in tears.