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"SAFETY" - A NEW CONCEPT FROM CAMDEN!! ....... AND SOME OLD CHESTNUTS ...


T his update has been delayed because several contacts have responded to the last two updates to say that they were on holiday. In this update I propose to deal with two "new" locations/issues and update/review the situation in regard to some previously identified issues.



SAFETY ISSUES STILL OUTSTANDING AFTER ABOUT 26 WEEKS!!
GOLDINGTON CRESCENT, NW1 - STREET LIGHTING


T he three images on the right show two street lighting columns in Goldington Crescent that were marked with a "yellow X", over 6 months ago, to indicate that they were structurally "unsafe".

      Not long afterwards two "new" columns were erected in close proximity to the defective columns in readiness for the lanterns and power supplies to be switched over.

      Nevertheless, despite the fact that "new" replacement columns have been erected in close proximity to the "unsafe" columns nothing further seems to have happened for nearly 26 weeks.

      It is interesting to speculate what might have gone wrong here.

      Clearly, Camden must have had a "programme" in place to identify which of the large number of street lighting columns that the Authority was responsible for, were safe.

      The "defective columns" must then have been identified in this "programme" and reported to the Authority.

     


Photo: 1 - 10 Goldington Crescent
03/09/2017

Orders must then have been issued for the removal of the old columns and the installation of "new" columns ..... and that is where it all ended! ...... and remains so to this day!

      Many moons ago a similar but slightly different set of circumstances finally revealed that the principal cause of such problems were the way some areas of the organisation were set up.

      Radical changes were implemented to deal with a very serious situation that emerged.

      Within an unbelieveably few "administrations" since then things seem to be well on their way back to the "bad old days" at Camden.  


Photo: 2 - Goldington Crescent
03/09/2017


Photo: 3 03/09/2017

Yellow "X" - Structurally Dangerous Column



THE 'FALLING SIGNS', AT BELSIZE PARK ......!!
Surely, the words that describe this situation could be set to music?


O n the 8th August 2017 I presented some examples of Parking Suspension signs that had never been fit for purpose since their adoption by Camden about 6 years ago (click here to view some of them).

      I felt justified in bringing this irritatingly obvious faulty/defective installation arrangement for the signs to the attention of Camden's residents and their visitors, principally to remind them that this definitely was not in the glorius tradition of numerous internationally recognised British Engineers.

      A few days after the publication of the web site I was pleased to notice that after all these years of "unrecognised failures" to keep the signs "up" some attempt seemed to have been made to modify the defective fixing.

      Regrettably, my hopes were dashed when I went to take a photograph of the "revised" design to find that it too had succumed to gravity and other normal environmental conditions.

NB Following the publication of the web site on 7th August 2017 which dealt with this issue I received a letter from Camden which set out to try and justify the unjustifiable. Click here to view the letter from which I have removed all names except for that of the "Director".   

Fig 1

Failed Revised Parking Suspension Sign fixing OS 80 Fleet Road.  

 


THAMES WATER UTILITIES OUTSTANDING PERMANENT REINSTATEMENT
EVERSHOLT STREET JNC OAKLEY SQUARE


T his temporary reinstatement is over 7 months old. The legislation specifies that these temporary reinstatements should have been permanently reinstated within 6 months together with other provisions for the Council to penalise the undertaker and carry out the permanent reinstatement and recover costs from the utility company. Why does Camden not adopt a far more aggressive attitude to utility companies?

      Does Camden have a public utility company "prosecutions policy" like some other Authorities such as, say, the London Borough of Enfield (click here) or If Camden has agreed an extension for permanent reinstatement (a) what are the reasons for this? (b) for how long has it been agreed that the temporary reinstatement can remain?  

Fig 2

Temporary reinstatement over 6 months old.  

 

Updated 04 September 2017

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