Croydon Communities Consortium
24/02/2016 14:52:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
I attended a meeting held by Croydon Communities Consortium at St Michaels Poplar Walk. The agenda included the feedback on the urgent care engagement and re-procurement of those services. It seems to have been quite a long journey and 22 April is the deadline for the bid submisson allowing time for further dialogue and evaluation before the contract is due to be signed on 22 July 2016.
In my role as shadow cabinet member for Transport and Environment I was asked to speak at take questions on the street lighting project.
The London Borough of Croydon & Lewisham entered into an agreement with Skanska Laing in July 2011 and during the first five years aim to replace approximately 38,000 street lights and 8,000 street signs.
Skanska is responsible for the design, build, finance and operation of the stock of lighting columns and illuminated street furniture for Croydon and Lewisham for a period of 25 years.
The aim is to provide new improved and energy-efficient street lighting across both boroughs which aim to directly support better road safety, better night time environment and economy and hopefully help reduce street crime and anti-social behaviour.
A number of residents living in the north of the borough raised issues with stumps. The old public lighting network cable which feeds the existing street lights is being de-energised. The complete removal of these old columns before the other streets in the surrounding area are decommissioned would leave streets without lighting. The stumps are acting as a temporary link supplying electricity to a chain of street lights serving the local area. Skanska do have a programme of works for the removal of these stumps once all of the effected street lights have been replaced for new. Other issues raised included the type of light, the positioning of lamps, shields and damage to road/verges.
In my own ward it has been a relatively painless operation with a few complaints largely over positioning of the columns.
Skanska and the council are happy to pick up questions from residents on technical questions or issues of concern.
Residents were disappointed that the cabinet member and local councillors were not in attendance to discuss their concerns. I have suggested they contact them directly.