Agenda and minutes

Croydon & Lewisham Street Lighting Joint Committee - Thursday, 12th October, 2017 6.30 pm

Venue: F10, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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No. Item


Appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair


The Committee Clerk called for nominations for Chair and Vice-Chair for the Municipal Year to May 2018.


Councillor Robert Canning proposed Councillor Kevin Bonavia for Chair and this was seconded by Councillor Stuart King and unanimously agreed, so Councillor Kevin Bonavia was elected Chair.


The Chair then called for nominations for Vice-Chair. 


Councillor Stuart King was proposed by Councillor Kevin Bonavia and seconded by Councillor Robert Canning and this was unanimously agreed, so Councillor Stuart King was elected Vice-Chair.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 16 March 2017 as an accurate record.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 16 March 2017 be signed as a correct record.


Disclosure of Interest

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory

provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the

Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable

pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which

exceeds ?50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a

cumulative value of ?50 or more when received from a single donor within

a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members

are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered

on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the

Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable

pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the

Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services

representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite

Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda

item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring

Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.


There were no disclosures of a pecuniary interest not already registered.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion

of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a

matter of urgency


There was none.


Joint Street Lighting PFI Update pdf icon PDF 478 KB

The joint report of the Executive Director of Place (Croydon) and Executive Director, Resources & Regeneration (Lewisham) is attached.


Steve Iles (Director of Streets) summarised the main points of the report:


PS1 is now completed and PS2 is being overachieved, so these reports will be omitted in future.


Offgen and UK Power Networks are not meeting the repairs deadlines and have been required to pay compensation.  Skanska and the local authorities are UK Power Networks to task.  An officers’ group is overseeing performance.

There are a number of long standing faults in Croydon.

For the rest of the performance standards, the contract is working well overall.

Section 5 is about the requirement under the contract for the Committee to submit estimates for approval by November.  Anticipated costs for 2018-19 are £10.4m.  The charge will be 64/36% split (Croydon/Lewisham).

The two authorities need to approve £2.5m for Croydon and £1.4m for Lewisham.


Cllr Robert Canning queried whether the completion of the investment programme included removal of the old stumps, as there are some left in Roman Way.

Officers pointed out that stumps are on TfL roads are their responsibility.  There is a TfL programme to remove old  from Croydon stumps but some may have to remain.


Cllr Kevin Bonavia asked about the savings by dimming lights by 25%, which is not visible to the naked eye.  He asked if there had been any complaints.

Officers explained that the practice began in November 2016 but bills are only just coming in and are starting to show savings.  There have been no complaints.  The practice of dimming the lights has been boroughwide since August – it is policy now.  The flexibility exists to turn down lights in specific areas.


Cllr Stuart King asked if there had been a public announcement when the light dimming started in November 2016 and the officers confirmed there had not been any publicity.  The report went through Lewisham Cabinet but was not publicised.  It was also referred to in the Budget Savings report.


Cllr Kevin Bonavia asked if the budgets going forward were in line with estimates and officers confirmed they were as anticipated.  Sizeable penalties have been paid by Skanska, so there may be an opportunity to offset some costs.  Financial officers are doing a piece of work on it.



The Committee RESOLVED to:


·         NOTE the completion of the Core Investment Programme (CIP) for both Croydon and Lewisham;

·         NOTE the performance of Service Provider in respect of the street lighting PFI for February 2017August 2017;

·          APPROVE the proposed unitary charges for 2018/19 of £2.5m for Croydon and £1.4m for Lewisham (based on a 64% to 36% split).


Exclusion of the Press & Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded as the “camera resolution” where it is proposed to move into part B of a meeting:

"That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended".


Councillor Kevin Bonavia proposed to move into part B as, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the following item of business involved the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within Paragraph 3 in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.


Councillor Robert Canning seconded moving into Part B and the Committee agreed unanimously.


Part B Minutes of the previous meeting

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 16 March 2017 as an accurate record.


The Committee RESOLVED to approve the Part B minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday 16 March 2017 as a correct record of that meeting.