We have looked at the various streets mentioned. There are some areas where the trees are obscuring the light. We will get them cut back in the next couple of days.
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On receipt of the Chief Executive’s feedback, I asked the City Engineer how quickly the light at the south end of Seafield Road can be replaced, and I have now been advised as follows :
“Due to the need to liaise and arrange with Scottish & Southern for the power supply and to order the materials and programme the work, the streetlight will be replaced within the next 4 weeks.”
Having first raised concerns about the impact of not replacing street lights back in May, I was disappointed that it seemed to take an age to address the issue, particularly as the darker nights drew in.
However, I am very pleased that the new Chief Executive has responded to my concerns – and those of other councillors – and we will now see the “missing” street lights replaced.
“I have been contacted by a number of elected members regarding the practice in relation to replacement of damaged street lighting, which was introduced as part of the 2009/10 Revenue Budget.
The concerns raised by elected members are that the non-replacement of damaged street lights is having an adverse effect on public safety and is not effective.
I have met with the Directors of City Development and Finance and we have agreed that, with immediate effect, this procedure should cease, and this will mean that forthwith all street lighting lampposts that are damaged or need replacement will be replaced.
The cost of this revised procedure is estimated to be £72,000 in the current financial year, and the Director of Finance has advised me this can be met from the Council’s Renewal & Repairs Fund. The cost in a full financial year, ie 2010/11 onwards, is estimated to be £130,000 and this provision will be included within the draft Capital Estimates, which will be considered at the Policy & Resources Committee in February 2010.”
It is vital that missing street lights are replaced urgently as community safety is paramount. If we take for example the missing street light in Seafield Road in the West End, the area around the missing street light has been plunged into darkness and I cannot stress enough how important it is that it is replaced soon.
I have today written to the City Engineer seeking a timescale for the replacement light for Seafield Road being installed.
This is a city wide problem, where it has very clear that the policy of non-replacement of street lighting where a vehicle damages a lamp standard and the cost of repair cannot be recovered from the driver, is simply not working.
It is simply not good enough for the SNP City Development Convener to claim that the policy was adopted during the previous administration because the budget was passed unanimously and all aspects were discussed in an all-party setting.
This report has taken an age to come to fruition and for the SNP Convener to say he has only become aware of the issue in the past two months is incredible – the concern had been raised with senior officials months ago. I made clear to the Chief Executive that it was vitally important that this matter was resolved before the clocks changed to GMT as this clock change would exacerbate the problem, but the SNP administration appears to be asleep on the job.
The residents in Seafield Road have been incredibly patient but it is about time the City Council acted to resolve the matter.
A report to Dundee City Council’s planning and transport committee on Monday (March 9) recommends that the council’s partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and Tayside Contracts be extended for three years.
Committee convener Councillor Fraser Macpherson said: “The partnership was set up three years ago and involves an integrated team covering Dundee and Perth and Kinross with many benefits for the councils and Tayside Contracts.
“It has proved to be a very successful and cost-effective arrangement, with reduced staff costs, savings through bulk purchase of materials and lower storage costs. There has also been a significant drop in the average repair cost, from almost £40 in 2002-03 to just under £25 last year.
“The service that the public have received has also been excellent. For example, street lights in Dundee have fewer faults and are fixed faster than in any other major Scottish city. Dundee has only three lights per 1000 not working compared to 10 times as many in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
“The partnership has also gained national recognition, being the only street lighting organisation in the UK to reach the finals of the Association of Public Service Excellence awards.”
The report to committee recommends that the partnership be extended to 2012 and that further discussions take place with Angus Council to encourage the local authority to become part of the partnership.
Street lights in Dundee have fewer faults that are fixed quicker than in any other Scottish city.
The figures, revealed in a new report to go before councillors next week, also show that the carbon footprint from street lighting in Dundee was the lowest of the four other major population centres in Scotland.
Work on two key elements that will underpin the multi million pound transformation of Dundee’s waterfront will go before councillors next week.
Almost £250,000 could be spent in Dundee on projects that will improve access to walking and cycling facilities and/or reduce danger to pedestrians and cyclists.
Given residents’ concerns about the vandalism to vehicles, I contacted the Police about the possibility of mobile CCTV use in the area and I have been advised that the use of a CCTV van has been discussed following the incidents.