Ian Chittenden, Member for Maidstone North-East asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:
"The number of sawn-off streetlight columns around th e County seems to be on the increase, most have been taped and left for many months. Not only are they a blot on the landscape, but the lack of light in localised areas increases safety risk for both motorists and pedestrians.
Could the Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport advise when he expects all sawn-off street-light columns across the County will be replaced or removed?"
The decision to leave a sawn-off column rather than remove it is due to the additional time and cost needed for UK Power Networks to disconnect the power supply. With regards to the number of sawn-off streetlights across the County, I agree the numbers were increasing due to the delays in repairs and removals. However, I am pleased to say this number is now coming down and the overdue removal jobs should be completed by the end of December.
New orders for the replacement of sawn off columns is being dealt with through the new Street Lighting Term Maintenance Contract. I can confirm that replacements are progressing well and to schedule. Officers will continue to monitor the progress of the outstanding repairs and replacements, to ensure we are back on programme as soon as possible.