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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
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New street lights in Fairfield
01/04/2015 17:18:00......Posted by Helen Pollard

Here's an update from Skanska about the new street lights in Fairfield Ward.

'I am writing to inform you that very shortly Skanska plan to commence the installation of new street lighting and the removal of the old columns in the roads listed below as part of the scheme to replace and upgrade the street lighting in the Borough. The street lighting replacement project is a five year core investment programme which commenced in August 2011.  The project is to replace or upgrade around 42,000 street lights and illuminated street furniture in Croydon and Lewisham. Skanska are also responsible for the maintenance of all the existing and the new street lighting in both boroughs for a period of 25 years.

Within the next few weeks we will be starting to work in :-

NORTH END 02/04/2015

PARK LANE 09/04/2015

SPICE'S YARD 10/04/2015

ST MICHAEL'S ROAD 13/04/2015


The key benefits of the scheme are to: -

·         Improve the quality of the lighting.

·         Improve road safety.

·         Reduce crime.

·         Improve energy efficiency.

·         Make sure all lighting columns are safe.

·         Improve the speed and effectiveness of maintenance and repair.

Skanska have invested a significant amount of time and effort in the scheme and as such the replacement programme takes many factors into account when considering whether to replace or upgrade the existing lighting. 

These factors include:

·          The age of the columns.

·          The condition of the columns.

·          The compatibility of the old equipment with the new equipment.

·          Ensuring the design meets the specified UK & EU regulations.

In many circumstances the roads undergo a complete re-design and therefore the positions of the columns must be changed. It is not always possible to integrate the existing column positions in the new design layout.

One of the major factors in the replacement programme is to reduce energy consumption, and this can be achieved by utilising the latest technology to increase the spacing between each street light whilst maintaining the required lighting levels.

The new lights are linked to a central management system which controls their operation and provides alerts to any faults that may occur, this allows us to maintain the street lighting much more efficiently.  As part of the installation process the lanterns on the new lighting column may remain in light for a period of time, this is quite normal whilst the system synchronises to add the lighting unit to the network. In the main this process can take up to 5days.   

The new design parameters agreed by the council indicates that where possible we are to light the footpaths in addition to the highway. This means that the majority of the lighting columns where possible will be positioned at the back of the footpath, on property boundaries however there are exceptions to this and each design is tailored specifically for each individual street.

There are many different factors when considering the placement of columns, for example, utilities in the ground as well as utilities overhead, light intrusion, driveways, trees, street/road dimensions and street/road layout.

A minimum clearance of 1.2 metres will be maintained wherever possible on all schemes between the column and the rear of footpath or the column to the kerb.  This ensures that there is adequate spacing for wheelchair users, pushchairs and other pedestrian traffic.

It is often necessary to work on only one side of the street at a time in order to ensure that access for pedestrians is available during the replacement. The duration of the replacement street lighting will vary, as each scheme is conducted on an individual street by street basis.

Please be aware that the new street lighting columns may be positioned in the street several weeks prior to being connected to the electricity network by UK Power Networks, however, the old street lighting will not be removed until the new lighting is illuminated.

In some streets it has been necessary for the stumps of the old street lighting columns to remain. This is due to the wider network requirements and being an electrical connection point for the street lighting elsewhere. Removal of these stumps prematurely would mean loss of power to the street lighting elsewhere. These stumps will be removed as soon as they are no longer a necessary part of the electricity network.'

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Two car parks closed for works
16/01/2018 18:25:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Two car parks will be temporarily closed to allow some works to take place:

Lloyd Park car park - will be closing on Wednesday 17th of January 2018 for 1 day. There are planned works to re-line markings (weather permitting). The new parking charges/times for the car park will be effective from Monday 22 January 2018.

Spice's Yard car park, South End will be closed on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th January 2018 for 2 days. There are planned works to re- line the whole car park and to carry out some tree works.




Wandle Road
13/01/2018 19:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning talking to residents in the area around Wandle Road.  They are concerned about the lack of parking, anti social behaviour and litter.



Sports facilities
11/01/2018 19:11:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening discussing plans to improve Croydon's sports facilities.  Local sports clubs are keen to develop the facilities that are available for current and future residents.



Surrey Street
06/01/2018 19:05:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the area around Surrey Street.  They are very concerned about the proposal to put a nightclub in the basement of the Q Car Park which is just off Surrey Street.  The market stall holders are also concerned as they store their goods, vans and stalls in the basement.  



New Addington
16/12/2017 14:52:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in New Addington.  They want to see more things for young people to do, and are concerned about the way community groups are being supported.  



John Ruskin College
12/12/2017 14:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a governing body meeting at John Ruskin College.  Discussed various things including meeting demand for apprenticeships.



Civic Carol Service
10/12/2017 14:44:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended the candle-lit Christmas Carol service in Croyon Minster.  A lovely festive event.



Children's Services Briefing
06/12/2017 14:35:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a briefing about the MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) team in Croydon Council's Children's Services.  All councillors are 'corporate parents' so it's important to get a better understanding of all aspects of Children's Services.



Council Meeting
04/12/2017 14:31:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended Council Meeting in the Town Hall.  Asked the Cllr Butler about what protection will be provided for our green spaces under the local plan.  Not very reassured by her answer as there are likely to be some green spaces with no protection at all.



Lloyd Park litter
02/12/2017 10:29:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

In Lloyd Park today and was disappointed to see two bins overflowing with rubbish. This seems to be happening more regularly in the last year or so.  I have reported this to the council and will put pressure on the current administration to ensure the parks cleaning contractor does its job properly.  



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