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Dear Bury Metropolitan Borough Council,

Good Day;

1. I note that Bury Council is apparently examining the current inventory of installed Steel/Iron Lamp columns for root (portion below ground level) condition. A number of lamp columns have recently been marked with a white X as a precursor to removal/replacement, presumably as a result of this inspection. I am trying to understand how this is conducted and what criteria is used. Please disclosed the following…

a) What method /technique/equpiment is used to examine the columns?
i.e. visual assessment, visual endoscopic exam, utilisation of the “dipstick” field eddy current type device
b) Who conducts these examinations?
i.e. council staff or contractor, if a contractor which contractor?
c) How often are columns examined?
d) What is the criteria for a column to be examined?
i.e. which columns are examined and why are they chosen?
e) What is the criteria for marking up for removal?
i.e. what defects/level of defect means a column is removed?
f) Where a contractor is used are they paid differently for a column identified as being defective vs a column tested okay?
g) What other checks are carried out at the same time as this column integrity check?
i.e. electrical safely checks, Power factor correction checks, lamp operation checks?
h) What analysis has been carried out regarding the methodology and effectiveness of the method/techniques used to test columns?
i.e. I am concerned the council has been sold “snake oil” in much the same way as the recent fiasco with the fake explosives detectors resulted in countries spending millions of fake, useless technology.
i) Where a modern lantern is installed on a column deemed to require replacement is the lantern removed and reused?

2. According to the current street lighting database
a) What is the current total number Number of Street Lights (lanterns not columns)
b) What is the current total number of columns (not lanterns – should be lower than 2A)
c) According to the current street lighting database, please list the current numbers of lamp type, wattage and numbers of that type are as follows:-Please see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s... for an example of what I am looking for as provided some years ago
d) Does the street lighting database document the make and model of lantern installed?
e) What is the total declared energy for the last full period (KW/H) or the total declared energy load (KW)?

3. I note that like many other councils Bury MBC is currently replacing its street-lighting stock with LED technology.
A) Please detail the current make and model and wattage of lantern used to replace existing stock. Including those used in casual replacements.
B) What warranty is supplied with these lanterns?
C) How many LED lanterns have been replaced due to faults?
D) How many of these lanterns have been the subject of a successful warranty claim / FOC replacement?

4. Bury MBC website states that columns are visited regularly to conduct an electrical safety exam and to conduct a bulk lamp change (where required).
a) How often is the electrical safety exam conducted?
b) What does this check consist of?
c) when was this (or any other maintenance) last conducted on the following columns?

Column 4 Hinds Lane, Radcliffe
Column 61 Peel Way, Bury
Column 1A/1B Waterloo Street, Bury
Column 1 Rowlands Road, Summerseat
Column 3 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom

Thankyou for your response

Yours faithfully,

Ian Bolton

Customer Contact Team, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

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Trent HR, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Charles,

 

Request for Information - Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
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Please can you arrange for the following request to be registered and
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Contact Number: , Mobile Phone: 

Email Address: [4][FOI #449601 email]

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Freedom of Information Request for Resources and Regulations

Teams selected: Depot - Stores - Bradley Fold
1. I note that Bury Council is apparently examining the current inventory
of installed Steel/Iron Lamp columns for root (portion below ground level)
condition. A number of lamp columns have recently been marked with a white
X as a precursor to removal/replacement, presumably as a result of this
inspection. I am trying to understand how this is conducted and what
criteria is used. Please disclosed the following…

a) What method /technique/equpiment is used to examine the columns?
i.e. visual assessment, visual endoscopic exam, utilisation of the
“dipstick” field eddy current type device
b) Who conducts these examinations?
i.e. council staff or contractor, if a contractor which contractor?
c) How often are columns examined?
d) What is the criteria for a column to be examined?
i.e. which columns are examined and why are they chosen?
e) What is the criteria for marking up for removal?
i.e. what defects/level of defect means a column is removed?
f) Where a contractor is used are they paid differently for a column
identified as being defective vs a column tested okay?
g) What other checks are carried out at the same time as this column
integrity check?
i.e. electrical safely checks, Power factor correction checks, lamp
operation checks?
h) What analysis has been carried out regarding the methodology and
effectiveness of the method/techniques used to test columns?
i.e. I am concerned the council has been sold “snake oil” in much the same
way as the recent fiasco with the fake explosives detectors resulted in
countries spending millions of fake, useless technology.
i) Where a modern lantern is installed on a column deemed to require
replacement is the lantern removed and reused?

2. According to the current street lighting database
a) What is the current total number Number of Street Lights (lanterns not
columns)
b) What is the current total number of columns (not lanterns - should be
lower than 2A)
c) According to the current street lighting database, please list the
current numbers of lamp type, wattage and numbers of that type are as
follows:-Please see
[5]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
for an example of what I am looking for as provided some years ago
d) Does the street lighting database document the make and model of
lantern installed?
e) What is the total declared energy for the last full period (KW/H) or
the total declared energy load (KW)?

3. I note that like many other councils Bury MBC is currently replacing
its street-lighting stock with LED technology.
A) Please detail the current make and model and wattage of lantern used to
replace existing stock. Including those used in casual replacements.
B) What warranty is supplied with these lanterns?
C) How many LED lanterns have been replaced due to faults?
D) How many of these lanterns have been the subject of a successful
warranty claim / FOC replacement?

4. Bury MBC website states that columns are visited regularly to conduct
an electrical safety exam and to conduct a bulk lamp change (where
required).
a) How often is the electrical safety exam conducted?
b) What does this check consist of?
c) when was this (or any other maintenance) last conducted on the
following columns?

Column 4 Hinds Lane, Radcliffe
Column 61 Peel Way, Bury
Column 1A/1B Waterloo Street, Bury
Column 1 Rowlands Road, Summerseat
Column 3 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom

The request has been sent to the following departments: Resources and
Regulation

If you have any further questions about this issue please ring 5353, or
Email [6][Bury Council request email] quoting the CRM reference
number. 

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Yours faithfully
Customer Contact Team
Bury Council

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Dear Data Controller;

This request is now overdue even using generous allowances for Christmas and new year 20 days expired 05/01/18.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Bolton

Nutter, Alex, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ian,

Apologies for the delay.

We are dealing with your request however it is taking us a little longer to gather the information that you requested than expected.

Again, we apologies for the delay and any inconvenience that this has caused and we are working to provide you with the information required, as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Kind regards,
Alex Nutter
Systems Administrator
Department for Resources & Regulation
Bury Council
0161 253 7803 | [email address]

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Trent HR, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ian,
 
Please find attached the councils response to the below Freedom of
Information request.
 
Kind regards,
 
Freedom of Information
Resources and Regulation
 
Bury Council, Department for Resources and Regulation
Second Floor, Town Hall, Knowsley Street, BL9 0SW
 
From: [1][email address]
[[2]mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 01 December 2017 11:17
To: CEX-FOI Requests
Subject: Freedom of Information Request Resources and Regulation
 
     Customer Contact Team
Call details (Crm number): 2901585 Recorded: 01/12/2017 11:16:39
Name/Business: Ian Bolton

Address: 
Contact Number: , Mobile Phone: 

Email Address: [3][FOI #449601 email]
Freedom of Information Request for Resources and Regulations

Teams selected: Depot - Stores - Bradley Fold

1. I note that Bury Council is apparently examining the current inventory
of installed Steel/Iron Lamp columns for root (portion below ground level)
condition. A number of lamp columns have recently been marked with a white
X as a precursor to removal/replacement, presumably as a result of this
inspection. I am trying to understand how this is conducted and what
criteria is used. Please disclosed the following…

a) What method /technique/equpiment is used to examine the columns?
i.e. visual assessment, visual endoscopic exam, utilisation of the
“dipstick” field eddy current type device
b) Who conducts these examinations?
i.e. council staff or contractor, if a contractor which contractor?
c) How often are columns examined?
d) What is the criteria for a column to be examined?
i.e. which columns are examined and why are they chosen?
e) What is the criteria for marking up for removal?
i.e. what defects/level of defect means a column is removed?
f) Where a contractor is used are they paid differently for a column
identified as being defective vs a column tested okay?
g) What other checks are carried out at the same time as this column
integrity check?
i.e. electrical safely checks, Power factor correction checks, lamp
operation checks?
h) What analysis has been carried out regarding the methodology and
effectiveness of the method/techniques used to test columns?
i.e. I am concerned the council has been sold “snake oil” in much the same
way as the recent fiasco with the fake explosives detectors resulted in
countries spending millions of fake, useless technology.
i) Where a modern lantern is installed on a column deemed to require
replacement is the lantern removed and reused?

2. According to the current street lighting database
a) What is the current total number Number of Street Lights (lanterns not
columns)
b) What is the current total number of columns (not lanterns - should be
lower than 2A)
c) According to the current street lighting database, please list the
current numbers of lamp type, wattage and numbers of that type are as
follows:-Please see
[4]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
for an example of what I am looking for as provided some years ago
d) Does the street lighting database document the make and model of
lantern installed?
e) What is the total declared energy for the last full period (KW/H) or
the total declared energy load (KW)?

3. I note that like many other councils Bury MBC is currently replacing
its street-lighting stock with LED technology.
A) Please detail the current make and model and wattage of lantern used to
replace existing stock. Including those used in casual replacements.
B) What warranty is supplied with these lanterns?
C) How many LED lanterns have been replaced due to faults?
D) How many of these lanterns have been the subject of a successful
warranty claim / FOC replacement?

4. Bury MBC website states that columns are visited regularly to conduct
an electrical safety exam and to conduct a bulk lamp change (where
required).
a) How often is the electrical safety exam conducted?
b) What does this check consist of?
c) when was this (or any other maintenance) last conducted on the
following columns?

Column 4 Hinds Lane, Radcliffe
Column 61 Peel Way, Bury
Column 1A/1B Waterloo Street, Bury
Column 1 Rowlands Road, Summerseat
Column 3 Bridge Street, Ramsbottom
The request has been sent to the following departments: Resources and
Regulation
If you have any further questions about this issue please ring 5353, or
Email [5][Bury Council request email] quoting the CRM reference
number. 
Yours faithfully
Customer Contact Team
Bury Council
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