Lambeth Council is set to light up the lives of residents with the installation of almost 15,000 new streetlights. The council is on the verge of signing a new contract that will see the borough working in partnership with Lambeth Lighting Services – a consortium of David Webster Limited and ETDE, a subsidiary of Bouygues Group of France.
The big ‘switch-on’ will begin later this year when the first of the old concrete columns is replaced. The lighting renewal programme will then continue for another four years. Under this new 25 year Private Finance Initiative agreement all residential street lighting not meeting current standards will be upgraded or replaced. The lights in a number of parks and greenspaces will also be renewed as will illuminated signs and bollards.
The new lighting structures will contribute to the transformation of local streets with existing old concrete lampposts replaced with new columns. A unique feature of the new service is the 24-hour customer care service. There will also be an exclusive identifying mark and freephone number displayed on each individual column. Together these will make it easier for the public to report broken or damaged lights and make any repairs speedier and more efficient.
Consultation and information about the new service will begin in the next few weeks with presentations at the borough’s five town centres, local neighbourhood meetings and leaflet drops of homes that are first in line to receive the new lighting.
Cllr. Andrew Sawdon, executive member for community safety, regeneration and transport said; “This is wonderful news for the people of Lambeth, not only will the streets look better, they will also be better lit and safer.”
Mike Thompson, Managing Director of David Webster Limited commented “We are delighted that Lambeth will be the first council to benefit from the successful joint venture approach between David Webster Limited and ETDE. Our strong partnership has strived to deliver innovation in the contract and will provide a first class lighting service to the people of Lambeth.”
Note to editors: Attached are photos of (from left) Mike Thompson, Managing Director of David Webster Ltd, Cllr. Andrew Sawdon, executive member for community safety, regeneration and transport, and Gèrard Perceau Deputy Managing Director of ETDE