With the clocks having gone back and the nights drawing in, lighting on the estate has become important, particularly in the evening. PRERA has carried out several inspections of the lighting over the past couple of months, reporting faulty lamps to the engineer responsible. Lamps 006, 013, 019, 021, 036, 049, 051, 053 and 055 have been reported, so far. In most cases they have now been repaired, but inspections are continuing to identify substandard repairs or new faulty lamps. Please let us know of any faults that you are aware of.
In the future, we hope that such lighting problems can be identified and the repairs post-inspected by the council, rather than by PRERA.
Today Rob met with representatives from the council, UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Mitie to discuss the street lighting on the estate. As far as we know, there is only one street lamp that is currently not working – number 026. It was agreed that this would be reconnected to the supply by running a cable to the next lamp along the road.
We also discussed the missing posts numbered 001 and 005. Lamp 001 is at one end of Coburg Crescent and is much needed, so this will be replaced. To avoid obstructing the footpath, it will be installed in the flower bed. Lamp 005 has largely been made redundant by the installation of new flood lamps attached to Chalner House, so this will not be replaced. UKPN will disconnect the supply and Mitie will remove the stump.
The committee has a long-standing campaign to encourage the council to maintain and repair the street lighting on the estate. While some progress has been made since our last blog post on this issue, there are still many problems. On our most recent survey of the lighting, carried out by Rob on 14th December 2016, lamps 021, 022, 031, 036, 039 and 040 were not working. Lamps 001, 004 and 005 were missing, having rusted through at the base and collapsed or having been hit by a vehicle.
On 3rd January, enquiries by Councillor Liz Atkins have elicited a response from Graham Statham (Maintenance Teams Manager, Technical Services) who has promised that the faulty lamps (021, 022, 031, 036, 039 and 040) will be repaired. No timescale was given and no reference was made to the replacement of the three missing lamps. The committee will continue to monitor the situation and chase, as necessary.
For years, members of the PRERA committee have been lobbying to have the many defective lamps across the estate repaired. Recently, with the intervention of councillors, we have started to make significant progress.
A survey of the street-lighting on 20th September 2016 showed that lamps numbered 001, 005, 013, 014, 015, 022, 023, 025, 026, 031 and 047 were not working, or missing. The status of these lamps is as follows:
Lamps 022, 023, 025 and 026 were disconnected when our community hall was demolished. Although the problem with these lamps was raised with Estate Services on 15th May 2015, the council has only recently requested that UK Power Networks (UKPN) re-connect the supply.
According to Estate Services, lamps 013, 014, 015 and 047 are also due to be fixed by UKPN.
It is currently unclear whether there is any plan to repair or replace lamps 001, 005 and 031. 001 rusted through at the base and fell over. 005 was hit by a vehicle and knocked over. 031 is simply not working. Unlike the roadside lamps, 031 is managed by Lambeth Council, not UKPN.