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Cllr  Vidhi  Mohan
Cllr  Helen  Pollard
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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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Meeting residents
21/10/2017 17:58:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Spent another morning meeting residents in the Chatsworth Road area.  Picked up more issues to be followed up including the overgrown vegitation by some council flats.




Meeting residents
19/10/2017 17:56:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the evening meeting residents in the Chatsworth Road area.  There were various issues that I will be following up e.g. streetlights, registering to vote and planning problems. 



Children's Services Council Meeting
16/10/2017 17:53:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the eveing reviewing the work that is being carried out to ensure Chilren's Services keep Croydon's children safe.  Thie follows on from the Ofsted Inspection that found the service in Croydon to be inadequte.  C



Dance and Plants
14/10/2017 16:25:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Went to the Dance Umbrella performance outside the Town Hall.  It was an interesting display in and around a shipping container which was unusual!  Good to see so many people in Queen's Gardens enjoying a bit of culture in the lovely autumn weather.  Saffron Central in Queen's Gardens was rehoming plants so I picked up a few for the garden.  



Meeting residents
14/10/2017 16:23:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Spent the morning meeting residents in the Church Road area.  A number of them asked for help with council-related issues so I will be following these up.



Public Meeting
09/10/2017 16:19:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Sat on the panel at a public meeting in 'Tomorrow' in South Croydon.  The meeting was so popular we ran out of room and unfortunately not everyone could fit in.  We will hold other similar meetings in future so they come along.  

The idea of the meeting was to brief residents on changes that are happening in Croydon e.g. Westfield update, planning, housing, parks, and to listen to their views.  There were some good questions from the floor and it was good to hear about the issues people feel strongly about.  



Parks Meeting
03/10/2017 16:17:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Attended a meeting of the Friends of Parks Forum.  It was interesting to hear about the changes being made in the management of parks by the council.  A bit concerned about the impact the changes will have on our parks.  



03/10/2017 16:14:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Went to the David Lean cinema with Cllr Winborn to see the newly refubished seats that were paid for by the Fairfield Councillors community budget.  They were very comfortable!

Also had a fascinating look behind the scenes in the projection room.  There are digital projectors and film projectors.



South Croydon
30/09/2017 16:13:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard

Joined the Croham councillors as they met residents to find out their views on the loss of Green Belt status for Coombe Playing Fields



Indian Dancing
20/09/2017 16:48:00.......Posted by Helen Pollard


Attended the launch event for the Mela which is taking place later this month.  There was some excellent dancing, including dancing from Kerala.



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