New Street Lights in Frimley/Camberley

Dr Rishi Shah made this Freedom of Information request to Surrey Heath Borough Council

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Dear Surrey Heath Borough Council,

A)Towards the end of 2011 (and ongoing), street lights in Frimley/Camberley were replaced with ones which could be remotely monitored by your new service provider.

Despite a number of times reported to Surrey Heath via phone and email, the light directly outside 10/12 Fairfield Drive in Camberley has stopped working on three ocassions with the latest incident started on 7th Jan 2012 and still not working as of 11th Jan 2012. The old light had been working perfectly for over 10 years with just two incidents, while the new lights has stopped working already 3 times in just a few months.

Please can you provide details of the new lighting infrastructure as follows:

1) What was the cost of installing on average each of new lights?
2) What SLA does SurreyHeath or SurreyCC have with the Service Provider in terms of detecting remotely when one light stops working?
3)What SLA does SurreyHeath or SurreyCC have with the Service Provider the time within which the light must be fixed following the first remote detection?
3) How many times (and provides dates) since this partcular new light was installed has Surrey Heath or SurreyCC received notification from the Service Provider that it has stopped working?

B) On Portsmouth Road (Camberley/Frimley) exactly outside Coach House Close there is a new type of Street Light which has a proximity sensor on it. It seems the light stays off, till it detects movement (car or pedestrian) and then switches on, and switches off within 5 seconds.

My FOI request relating to this is:

1) What Risk Assessment was done with regards to placing this particular light at the end of a long down hill where cars tend to accelerate coming down hill and atleast about 3 accidents have occured in the past 12 months. A light suddenly switiching on while a car is accelerating down hill would be quite a distraction to the driver.

2) The light does switch on when it first detects a pedstrian, however switches off within 5 seconds and no longer continues to track the pedestrian. Why is the design so poor and why can the sensor not track the fact that there is still movement within the area of the light?

3)A pedestrian would take atleast 30 seconds to get between this particular proximity based street light and the next ordinary always on street light. Hence whoes desicion was it to implement such a small period of time during which the light stays on and what risk assessment was carried out for allowing the pedestrian path to be plunged into darkness after just 5 seconds?

4) It looks like this is just a pilot, however does SurreyCC or Surrey Heath have any visions or plans to replace more always on (during night times) lights with such proximity sensor based ones which switch off so quickly?

5) What is the cost of each one of these type of street lights?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Rishi Shah

FOI, Surrey Heath Borough Council

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Dear Dr. Shah,
 
Please find attached a response to your recent request.
 
 
Geraldine Sharman
_____________________________
Mrs Geraldine Sharman
Records Manager and FOI Officer
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3HD
01276 707632
07973893801
[1]www.surreyheath.gov.uk
 
Great Place • Great Community • Great Future
 
 
 
 

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Please can you confirm which public authority is responsible for street lights in frimley or Camberley?

Yours sincerely,

Dr Rishi Shah

FOI, Surrey Heath Borough Council

Dear Dr. Shah,

As outlined in my earlier attached response, Surrey County Council may hold the information you are seeking, as they are responsible for street lighting. If you have not already done so, then you may wish to write to them at the address below.

Mrs Mary J Elliott,
Freedom of Information Officer
(Corporate Information Governance Group)
Legal & Democratic Services
Surrey County Council
Room 134
County Hall
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2DN

Regards,

Geraldine Sharman
_____________________________
Mrs Geraldine Sharman
Records Manager and FOI Officer
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3HD
01276 707632
07973893801
www.surreyheath.gov.uk
 
Great Place • Great Community • Great Future

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