The following points of the performance standards were highlighted:
2473 columns had been removed by 17 October 2012 and a slightly lower number of new columns had been installed
Milestone 2 for the 12 month period may not be achieved.
As payment is based on performance, the amount will be reduced if agreed targets are not met
Formal notice has been given of lower payments as the monitoring report is linked to the payment process
It is planned to progress Milestone 3 within 18 months, although this may not be reached either despite the fact that additional resources have been secured to do the work
It was observed that there were old and new columns in place at a number of locations. Officers explained that old lights could not always be disconnected straight after the installation of a new column as the link-in with UK Power Network was insufficient. The issue may have to be escalated to improve performance.
Members were advised that the percentage of lights in working order at any one time had reached 98.3%, which exceeded the target of 98%. It is expected that the number of outages will increase with winter weather and that the target will consequently be harder to reach.
Asked about the causes of outages, officers explained that these were mainly tree canopies and working on highways with engineering difficulties. A workshop meeting is planned for late October 2012 for all parties concerned to investigate and agree solutions to these problems.
Members were advised that "contestable works" could be carried out by any service provider, allowing for more flexibility, but that "non-contestable works" could only be carried out by UK Power Networks.
The committee RESOLVED to note:
the performance of Skanska Laing (SKL, the Service Provider) for June 2012 to August 2012.
the Core Investment programme for both Croydon and Lewisham for the duration of the 5 year programme for which financial approvals are required.