“I’m livid because we look after our neighbourhood, but the council are vandalising our street. “They have failed to reply to our emails. “The green option must be to upgrade the luminaries i.e. what they say they are going to do in the conservation zone.
One resident, Phil Kendall of Mowbray Road, recently wrote to Croydon council cabinet members Simon Hoar and Phil Thomas branding the changes ‘ tantamount to vandalism. He told them: .”I am writing with concern regarding the removal of the current Victorian style street lights in Mowbray Road
Skanska’s reply reads:
I am sorry if there is any confusion surrounding conservation areas. The authority have agreed a list of “street lighting” conservation roads of which unfortunately Fox Hill Gardens has not been selected to have enhanced columns installed of which the same applies for Mowbray Road.
Sorry I cannot be of more help in this matter.
PFI (Private Finance Initiative) Contract Manager
Croydon & Lewisham Street Lighting PFI Alexis told News From Crystal Palace: “By the way contrary to Skanska’s assumption I’m Miss not Mr.”
Alexis has since written to Croydon council and had a reply from a representative of Cllr Thomas. She sent several questions to Croydon – and got answers back.
“Fox Hill Gardens is not a designated conservation area and for the purposes of the PFI it is not identified as an area that justifies or requires an increased lighting specification.
“Further additional dialogue via a public meeting to listen to the views of Fox Hill Gardens residents would not be able to exert any influence or alteration of the contractual arrangements and financial limitations of the street lighting PFI, would serve little purpose and may inadvertently raise expectations.
“The council’s street lighting PFI was agreed by cabinet members. “With regard to local character and historic assets, the council carried out a conservation area review in 2007-8 which underwent an extensive consultation process involving local residents associations leading to the designation of nine new conservation areas.
“When the scope and extent of opportunity contained within the PFI was investigated and developed in 2008, it was agreed that the borough’s statutory designated conservation areas, district centres and the metropolitan centre would be the only areas where a variation to the specification would be accommodated. “It was not possible to accommodate additional areas due to the financial limitations contained within the PFI contract. “Street Lighting does not require planning permission as its provision is covered under the Highways act