Street Lights

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The Parish Council is responsible for the majority of street lights within the parish but there are some lights which are still Bucks Council’s responsibility, these include:

  • A418 Roundabout junction with Pegasus Way.
  • Thame Road from the Haddenham and Thame Parkway Train Station to the entrance of Wykeham Way.
  • The traffic calming along Thame Road.
  • Millway Furlong, part of Pegasus Way and Pilots Lane.
  • Banks Road and Church Way crossing across two roundabouts.
This leaves over 270 street lights in Haddenham which the Parish Council own and maintain. This figure is growing as the Parish Council has resolved to adopt the majority of the street lights from the new housing developments once they are completed.

Our street lights come in all shapes and sizes! We have some which are mounted onto telegraph poles and others are on concrete columns. The shear diversity reflects the stages of growth of Haddenham but can make the administration and maintenance quite challenging! The Parish has many street lights which have been in place since the early 1970’s. The Parish Council is undertaking an improvement scheme and will replace older lanterns and columns when they become uneconomical to repair. The new modern LED lights and aluminium columns are more energy efficient and more cost effective to run.

Street Light Numbering

Keeping an accurate inventory on the street lights in Haddenham is actually much harder than it may seem.  Many lights have been added over the years as Haddenham has grown and when compiling a correct inventory, we have found street lights in gardens, hidden under ivy etc.  As new developments are completed, the Parish Council will adopting more street lights and we are in the process of labeling all the lights are we responsible for.  This will greatly improve reporting of faults for residents and ease of maintenance.  Therefore, parishioners may see 'yellow' stickers appearing on street lights, these stickers will be replaced over a period of time by spray painted number which is less intrusive to the eye. 

 

Why does it take so long?

A question we are often asked. The answer may depend on a variety of different factors:

1

The general maintenance of our lights is undertaken by our appointed Street Light Contractor. They visit out parish on a 10 (working) day schedule. This may mean that if you reported a light just after they have been onsite, then there will be a wait until the next scheduled date. Whilst the majority of the repairs are completed straightaway, further delay can be caused if the defective light needs a new part which may need to be ordered.

2

In some instances, it may be decided that a whole new street light is needed. Ordering and installing a new column is relatively straightforward and can be completed within a couple of weeks. However, for the new column to work we need to transfer the power from the old column to the new. This requires a specialist company who have a licence to operate on the National Grid. The Parish Council has to apply to this company to undertake the ‘jointing’ of electricity and this process takes 8 weeks. Once the jointing has been completed the Council can then remove the old column.

We appreciate that this can be frustrating to parishioners who may be ‘in the dark’ for a number of weeks. The Council does its absolutely best to make the process as swift as possible but unfortunately the timescale is not necessarily dictated by us.

For further information, please see the Parish Council’s Street Light Policy

As parts of Haddenham are conservation areas the Parish Council has to use street lights which are keeping with the historical nature of these areas. These are slightly different and whilst not modern in design they are modern in technology - providing energy efficiency and character. 

 

Reporting a Street Light Fault

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