New Street Lights
02/03/2015 09:22:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
A number of residents have asked me about the new street lighting which is now taking place in Selsdon and some roads that cross over into Sanderstead. The intention is to replace all the lamp standards throughout the borough and I thought it might be helpful if I shared with you the officers response in relation to the programme of replacement, in particular the approach to heritage assets.
"The council’s approach to the protection of its heritage assets takes account of current legislation, guidance from English heritage and best practice and takes account of the agreed Local Plan in assessing borough character and interpreting local distinctiveness that underlies the 16 places of Croydon. The street lighting PFI contract contains a mechanism to accommodate local character where it has been identified as either an historic asset or an area where an increased specification is required.
With regard to local character and historic assets, the council carried out a Conservation Area review in 2007-8 which underwent an extensive consultation process involving local residents associations leading to the designation of nine new conservation areas. The 16 Places of Croydon were developed as a part of the Core Strategy (Croydon Local Plan) and based on a detailed analysis of local and residential character of the borough, this underwent extensive statutory public consultation during the period 2009-2012.
To this end the council identified areas where a permitted deviation from the street lighting PFI standard specification is to be accommodated. These are within designated statutory conservation areas (adjusted to preclude those situations where you could end up with different street lights on each side of the road), the district centres and Croydon Metropolitan Centre.
Church Way and surrounding roads are not located in an area that is identified under one of these category designations. The street lighting provision that is to be applied to these streets is to be in accordance with the standard PFI specification and therefore a “standard solution”.
The PFI is primarily a project that seeks to provide an improvement in the technical performance of both light distribution and energy performance of the councils street lighting stock and applies a consistent approach to functional lighting which delivers value for money across the borough. It does not seek to replicate the infinite variety of styles, ages and performance that is exhibited by its current street lighting provision across the borough and there is no mechanism whereby individuals may formally request that the replacement of existing lighting fixtures does not take place. It is important to understand that the street lighting stock is old and in the majority of case is approaching the end of its life, this is the main reason the council embarked on a borough wide replacement programme."