Scandi cheek

Lest we forget that Conway is not the only contractor who likes to do a half-arsed job for Lewisham, here's a gentle reminder about the large number of potholes generated by Skanska's installation of new streetlights, which no-one seems to be in any great hurry to address.

20 comments:

Barry Lancaster-Smith said...

Call the Lewisham Degeneration Dept.

Anon said...

What people moaning about, give 'em a chance. They've 30 years to complete the contract.

Monkeyboy said...

Not exactly, it's a 30yr replacement and maintenance contract, not replacement only.

illuminated said...

If you don't want a new lampost outside your house illuminating your front bedroom and not the road. They must indicate with yellow spray on the pavement and give you three months to object before they put it in. If they do not do this you have the right to have it taken out immediately as they have not gone through the correct process ta da

LewishamLightHater said...

And can I just add to the general woe with these new lights that they are brighter than the bleedin' Sun!! It is literally like daylight pouring through the windows of our house (and yes we have blackout blinds but not at every single window or the front door). I'm all for properly lit streets but these are light pollution level bright- and I wonder how long it will be before constant complaining from residents has Lewisham spending hundreds of thousands more money to replace them with dimmer bulbs!

Anon said...

29 years spent replacing and 1 year maintenance, who are filling in the holes Conway?

Joking apart, nearby on one road they've dug holes around every new lamppost and block off the pavement for the entire length of the road. Skanska have even managed to insert a lamppost the wrong way round.
So far they have taken 5 months to do one side of our road, the other side has been left untouched.

Old man Patterson said...

Does Lewisham Council completely lack the ability to plan and maintain its streets?

There is either some backhanders or seriously inept "officers" running the show.

Hip-HOP said...

You can ask Skanska for lightshields to be installed on the lamposts to deflect some of the light from bedrooms. That said, they are not huge lightsheilds....

pepe said...

when the unions call the shots...

MalcolmB said...

I wrote to the Lewisham Highways department and Skanska asking for specific details of the work to be done in Telegraph Hill in October 2013. Skanska called me and said they would answer my points by telephone but when I asked for the answers in writing, I heard nothing more. The Highways department have declined even to acknowledge my emails. I know they have both received them because the Conservation team within the Planning Department also passed them on to both of them.


One of the questions asked (and neither answered nor acknowledged) was about the removal of the old lights and making good damage. Still chasing for answers.

MalcolmB said...

One of the other questions I have asked Skanska and Lewisham Highways was about light pollution and how they were going to reduce the inconvenience to residents relating to that, As with all the others, I have received no answers.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

I've emailed them and objected and they refuse to do anything I would be very grateful if you can tell me where you are basing this right on skanska just say it complies with current standards

JosephJohnODonnell said...

They have refused to do that when I asked

Chris Wheal said...

I complained to the Health and Safety Executive over this and they visited and have told Skanska to improve. Skanska has made many promises that turned out to be lies. Lewisham Council is letting them get away with it. I storyfied my exchanges. I have complained to the Mayor. Don't hold your breath.

http://storify.com/Whealie/skanky-skanksa-and-lax-lewisham

Roadrunner said...

Has anyone made a Freedom of Information request to Lewisham about the Conway and Skanska contracts? As we're seeing again and again, their work is appalling. And it's not just Ladywell/Brockley/New Cross - the road leading into Blackheath village from Lewisham Hill was resurfaced recently (funny how there's always money for Blackheath, and not elsewhere, but that's for another post...) and already has quite serious pot holes in one section next to the speed bumps. Their quality level seems to suggest that Conway know they will pick up a second wage packet fixing their earlier mistakes. Another example is the speed cushion on the corner of Algernon and Ellerdale Roads, installed on a hill with no storm drains and without a gutter so blocking rainwater flowing away and causing flooding. Everyone - including a ten-year-old - spotted that this would be a problem, but Lewisham say there's no money to fix it.

max doom! said...

they are nuts bright. not sure why they ditched the friendly hum of the urine-shaded ones of yore. i blame thatcher

illuminated said...

It might be that skanska just do not care Peckham has some lovely period replacement lights its being done in phases. And is costing millions with no design consultation. Our lamp moves 10" in the slightest wind complained and after 10 days no one has been round. The lights are wrongly designed impossible to drive by in the fog and are a bloody awful cheap design. Steve you could have saved LBLewisham defecit in one hit!!!
Contacts for complaints are Lewisham Council None
Skanska main office say you have a problem with the siteing and design of street lamps in lewisham and you will be put intouch with John Algar who is on Leave !!!! but keep trying

Headhunter said...

I prefer the new lamposts to the old ones. The ones along Manor Ave were like something left over from a 1970s bypass project - great big grey things with the lamp on a long arm over the road and a horrible orange light. The light from the old ones used to spill well into our front bedrooms. The new ones are smaller and seem better designed for residential streets although perhaps not particularly beautiful.


I have to say though, Skanska seem to move at an absolutely glacial pace. They literally barricade off sections of pavement for 2-3 months at a time to replace the lamps...

lady in the well said...

@HipHop who do I contact for a light shield? I have a new light right outside my bedroom window and can't afford new lined curtains.

@JosephJohnodonnell on what grounds did they say no?

Johayley said...

The new light directly across from my flat means that I don't need to use my own lighting during the evening! I have blackout curtains and nets and the light still slips through

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