Street Lighting Replacement Programme Press release - Published on: 3/23/2016 12:34:57 PM

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Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing in relation to press release:
"Knowsley completes multi-million pound street lighting replacement programme" - Published on: 3/23/2016 12:34:57 PM.

Paragraph 6 states: "The borough’s streets are now lit using ‘white’ light equipment that improves community safety by allowing better visibility and ensures the colour of vehicles and clothing can be seen during hours of darkness"

In view of this statement:

1) Why are there no lights on the pathway leading from Valley Road to Ribblers Lane, Kirkby (herein referred to as "the path")?
2) Has a costing exercise been conducted to ascertain whether the provision of lighting on the path is prohibitive?
3) Has a risk assessment been conducted to ensure the safety of Knowsley, and surrounding boroughs, residents when traversing the path?

Paragraph 5 states: "In addition, removing unnecessary traffic signs has resulted in almost £650,000 being reinvested in new lighting and signage equipment".

In view of this statement:

4) Has any consideration been made to utilise some of the "almost £650,000" and place warning signs on the entrance to the path, to advise users that there is no lighting available to assist their journey after dark?

5) Please confirm the date and time of first publication of said press release.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne Tully

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully

Thank you for your email received on 15 August 2016 requesting information about Street Lighting Replacement Programme.

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2016.08.2614.

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Freedom of Information
Knowsley Council
Archway Road
Huyton

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Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

 

Freedom of Information request F2016-08-2614

 

We have looked into your request for information about the Press Release
“Knowsley completes multi-million pound street lighting replacement
programme” which was published on 23 March 2016 and our response is shown
below.

 

Q: Why are there no lights on the pathway leading from Valley Road to
Ribblers Lane, Kirkby (herein referred to as "the path")?

A:  The path from Valley Road to Ribblers lane  is not adopted highway and
is currently unlit it was therefore not included in the street lighting
replacement  programme.

The Street Lighting and Traffic Sign Replacement Programme replaced or
upgraded lighting and traffic signage equipment which was contained within
the Council's lighting inventory at the commencement of the contract
period.  Given the pathway leading from Valley Road to Ribblers Lane,
Kirkby is unlit it was never included in the contract.  

Q: Has a costing exercise been conducted to ascertain whether the
provision of lighting on the path is prohibitive?
       
A:  As the Street Lighting and Traffic Sign Replacement Programme does not
include unlit streets, this work has not been undertaken.  However, when
considering the length of the footpath (approximately 790m), the estimated
costs would be very high and therefore there is no available funding.

Knowsley Council’s funding from Central Government has been drastically
cut.  These cuts are continuing to be made year on year, meaning that the
Council is now facing a budget shortfall of £25 million over the next
three years.  This is in addition to the £75 million already saved since
2010.

Unfortunately, due to the scale of the funding cuts, the Council is unable
to identify resources to increase street lighting and signage
infrastructure,

Q: Has a risk assessment been conducted to ensure the safety of Knowsley,
and surrounding boroughs, residents when traversing the path.

A:, Public rights of way are inspected annually, in accordance with the
Council’s Policy for Highways Inspections.  During the inspection, safety
defects are identified, recorded and rectified.   The Council also
undertakes rectification of safety defects which occur between inspections
once they are reported by members of the public.

Q:Has any consideration been made to utilise some of the "almost £650,000"
and place warning signs on the entrance to the path, to advise users that
there is no lighting available to assist their journey after dark?

A:  In regard to signage, as this pathway has always been unlit it is
likely that users are  aware of the lack of lighting.  Alternative adopted
highway routes that are lit are also available to pedestrians,  although
it is noted that these routes are a greater distance. 

Q: Please confirm the date and time of first publication of said press
release.

A:  According to the Council’s website, the news release was published on
23 March 2016.  However an earlier article, published in the December 2015
edition of the Knowsley News, informed that the street lighting
replacement programme was coming to the end after a four year period.  To
access the December 2015 article, please use the attached link 
[1]December 2015.

 

If you need further information please see contact details below.

 

Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information

Knowsley MBC

Archway Road

Huyton

Knowsley

Merseyside

L36 9UX

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response to Freedom of Information request F2016-08-2614, which was received on August 24th 2016.

I am fully aware of the funding cutbacks imposed since May 2010, however, this, in my opinion does not preclude KMBC from investing in lighting on the path and make it safer for all users.

In view of the response to F2016-08-2614 would KMBC please clarify the following:

Why was funding received to improve transport networks in Kirkby, specifically to reduce peak time traffic and co2 emissions, without any thought for lighting?

Q:Has any consideration been made to utilise some of the "almost £650,000"
and place warning signs on the entrance to the path, to advise users that
there is no lighting available to assist their journey after dark?

A: In regard to signage, as this pathway has always been unlit it is
likely that users are aware of the lack of lighting. Alternative adopted
highway routes that are lit are also available to pedestrians, although
it is noted that these routes are a greater distance.

Is it acceptable to summarily dismiss the safety of people in Kirkby, and surrounding areas, due to users being aware of the lack of lighting" ?

Does this answer not contradict the sustainable transport policy that KMBC have sought to impose?
Does KMBC not have a moral obligation to continually improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians?
If there are "alternative adopted highway routes" won't the problem of peak time traffic re-emerge?
If peak time traffic increase at the previous "hot spots" will this not place Kirkby, and surrounding area, residents at a greater peril of a potential collision with a motor vehicle?

Has KMBC not considered the co2 emissions and relationship to the high levels of respiratory disease in Kirkby, when deciding whether lights should be installed on the path?
Has KMBC not considered the costs associated with the treatment of one person with respiratory problems against the lighting costs?

I look forward to your response in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Tully

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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/live... published: September 1st 2016.

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Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Thank you for your further enquiry regarding Ribblers Lane/Valley Road footpath.

One of the aims of the Street Lighting Replacement and Traffic Sign Replacement Programme PFI Contract was to reduce carbon emissions generated by street lighting and for that reason areas which were previously lit were re-designed to meet current British Standards. The PFI contract only made provision for existing lighting and signage equipment and therefore as Ribblers Lane/Valley Road pathway is unlit it was not included.

Ribblers Lane/Valley Road footpath is a partial Public Right of Way (Ribblers Lane to Dickins Close). The Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan for Merseyside (2018-2028) is under review, unfortunately there is currently no funding stream attached to its implementation hence it is not a source of a possible solution. Furthermore, to light unlit pathways and roads in the Borough would require a policy change for the Borough and therefore cannot be considered on a case by case basis.

The Council does encourage sustainable transport to improve the health and wellbeing of its residents and visitors, but it has to do so within the confines of the available budget and also considering competing priorities. I think it is also worth mentioning that that cycle routes/shared use paths which are remote from natural surveillance, such as those through parks and green spaces, may not be widely used after dark once user levels have fallen. Should users determine to use alternative lit routes, which are of a greater distance, there are potential increased health benefits.

Knowsley Cycle Maps are available from all public buildings and available on request from Merseytravel or Knowsley Council to support cycling and walking journey planning.
www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-aroun...

I do appreciate that this may not fully satisfy your concerns or comments, however I am afraid that the Council cannot assist further with this enquiry at this time.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response, published September 14th 2016.

Paragraph 3 states

'Furthermore, to light unlit pathways and roads in the Borough would require a policy change for the Borough and therefore cannot be considered on a case by case basis.'

Who is responsible for this policy?
What process is required to implement a policy change within KMBC?
Is an algorithm available, clearly identifying the steps involved in implementing policy change?

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Tully

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http://knowsleynews.co.uk/call-for-hgvs-...

article on Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council website, accessed on September 28th 2016.

Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Freedom of Information request F2016-08-2614

We have looked into your request for information about Street Lighting Replacement Programme, and our response is shown below.

Q: Who is responsible for this policy?
A: As you are aware, Knowsley's street lighting is managed through a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) contract, which does not include lighting unlit pathways and roads in the Borough. Given the demands on Council resources, the Council does not currently install additional street lighting over and above what is provided for within this PFI contract unless the cost of doing so can be recharged, hence the reference to the need for a "policy change" in the previous response if this were to be the case in the future. For clarity, given the scale of ongoing funding cuts by central government, there are no plans to introduce such a policy in the near future.

Q: What process is required to implement a policy change within KMBC?
A: In terms of policy making within the Council, a formal policy must be agreed by the body or person given authority to do so by the Council's Constitution (see link below). Such decisions may be taken by Full Council, the Cabinet, other Committees, or by officers under delegated powers depending upon the circumstances of the case.

http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/ecCat...

Q: Is an algorithm available, clearly identifying the steps involved in implementing policy change
A: The Council has no algorithm in this respect, as the steps required to implement a policy change will also depend upon the detail of the change to be implemented.

If you need further information please see contact details below.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Freedom of Information, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tully,

Freedom of Information request F2016-09-2753

We have looked into your request for information about Street Lighting Replacement Programme, and our response is shown below.

Q: Who is responsible for this policy?
A: As you are aware, Knowsley's street lighting is managed through a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) contract, which does not include lighting unlit pathways and roads in the Borough. Given the demands on Council resources, the Council does not currently install additional street lighting over and above what is provided for within this PFI contract unless the cost of doing so can be recharged, hence the reference to the need for a "policy change" in the previous response if this were to be the case in the future. For clarity, given the scale of ongoing funding cuts by central government, there are no plans to introduce such a policy in the near future.

Q: What process is required to implement a policy change within KMBC?
A: In terms of policy making within the Council, a formal policy must be agreed by the body or person given authority to do so by the Council's Constitution (see link below). Such decisions may be taken by Full Council, the Cabinet, other Committees, or by officers under delegated powers depending upon the circumstances of the case.

http://councillors.knowsley.gov.uk/ecCat...

Q: Is an algorithm available, clearly identifying the steps involved in implementing policy change
A: The Council has no algorithm in this respect, as the steps required to implement a policy change will also depend upon the detail of the change to be implemented.

If you need further information please see contact details below.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information
Knowsley MBC
Archway Road
Huyton
Knowsley
Merseyside
L36 9UX

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response, published on October 11th 2016.

Yours sincerely,

Wayne Tully

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