Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Lighting on paths and steps in Pentland - an update

Further to my article in May following the site visit with the Street Lighting Partnership Manager and also with the Chair of Community Spirit Action Group, the local residents' group, to look at the new street lighting in Pentland, yesterday I had a useful meeting with the Director of Neighbourhood Services, some of her housing team, the council’s Service Manager - Community Safety and Resilience and the Street Lighting Partnership Manager.

This was primarily about the issue that, because the new lighting is that, because it is focussed on the road and pavements, it does not light paths and steps to housing as well as the old lighting.    I am concerned that in the winter, darker months, lighting could potentially be inadequate.

We agreed the following approach which makes sense :

Ensure trees that need trimmed (already identified) are attended to – to maximise the effectiveness of existing lighting.
After the clocks change in October, undertake measurements of lighting levels on these steps and paths to ensure they meet required levels.
If there are any locations where lighting needs boosted, static security lights will be progressed.
The Community Wardens service will meantime monitor any concerns about lighting in the area.