Our older lampposts are in a poor condition and need to be replaced. Older designs also throw light in all directions and do not meet modern illumination standards and older light sources make it more difficult to see colours at night.
The new lighting will direct light on to the road and pavements helping to reduce traffic accidents, crime, and the fear of crime, leading to safer streets.
The works will be carried out by SSE Contracting in partnership with West Sussex County Council. SSE Contracting is the largest Street Lighting contractor in the country and is part of the Scottish and Southern Energy Group.
In the next few days the new position for the lampposts will be marked on the public highway, normally by a white circle with the letters SL in the centre. The position of the new lamppost has been designed to produce the correct levels of illumination on the highway and minimize disruption.
It is impossible to install the new lampposts and electricity supply cables without digging some holes.We will dig as few as possible and fill them back in as soon as we can. Our engineers use barriers, signs, cones and even traffic lights if necessary, for safety. Please make sure you follow all these signs.
Obviously, you cannot park where our engineers are digging.We will, however, try to keep as much parking space available as possible.
You should be able to use your drive as normal unless we are working directly outside your house. If we are,we may have to ask you to park your car somewhere else for a while. If you need to park close to your home (for example because you have a disability) please speak to one of our engineers carrying out the work and they will help you.
If the road is busy or particularly narrow we may have to use traffic lights.This is for your safety as well as that of our workforce.We take great care positioning the lights and work closely with the Council at all times.
Bin collection should take place as normal. If necessary we will work with the collection service to ensure normal working.
If you are expecting a delivery speak to one of the workmen. If you run a business, one of our engineers will contact you before work starts to discuss the access you need and when you need it. If no one has contacted you and you are concerned please ring our customer service team on 0800 048 2435.
The old lamppost is waiting disconnection by the local Electricity Board.We try to do this within a few days but it may take a little longer. Once they have finished their work the old lampposts can be removed.
There should be no disruption to the electricity supply to your home during the works.
The new lighting has been designed to meet the requirements of the new British Standard and West Sussex County Council’s specification. This along with new developments in lantern and lamp technology means we can light the highway using fewer lampposts in the majority of the streets and less energy across the County as a whole, while providing lighting to the appropriate standard.
The height of the new lampposts on most of the residential streets will increase slightly, this is due to new lantern technology which spreads the light more efficiently, resulting in wider spacing between the columns and less street clutter.
The new lampposts are waiting connection by the local Electricity Board. Once completed the old lampposts can then be removed and the footpath reinstated.
We will replace or re-seed turfed areas and flower beds if we disturb them (depending on the time of year) however, this may not take place until after we have left site. If we dig up your drive we will repair it using similar materials to the original. If you have a block imprint drive we will use specialist contractors to match the colours and repair the surface.
Southern Electric Contracting Ltd do not send anything to landfill. The existing lampposts, both steel and concrete are completely recycled.
The new lighting has been designed to ensure that we meet the current British Standard and West Sussex County Council’s specification.This means that lampposts cannot always be replaced in their existing locations.We do offer to check the layout design and if there is an alternative convenient position, we will consider an approach from residents to relocate the column before it is erected. Please note
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The new lighting has been designed with the use of lanterns that provide improved optical control that mainly reduces obtrusive light into windows. However, should the matter cause you concern than we can discuss the issue further.
The replacement works normally start within four weeks of when you receive this information and are usually completed within two weeks.
Southern Electric Contracting Ltd has a duty to replace all signs taken off old lampposts and replace them onto the new ones.
The lighting is designed to ensure that the adopted highway meets the requirements of the current British Standard for street lighting and the specification of the council.
This means that columns cannot always be replaced in their original position.
However we do offer to check the design to see if there is scope to move a column. We also carry out a site visit where required and most of the time we reach an amicable agreement on the siting of the column.
The lighting is installed in accordance of the current British Standard for street lighting and the specification of the council to provide lighting to adopted highway, we understand that some residents have had the benefit of lighting from the existing system but we cannot always replace them in the original positions and therefore the benefit cannot always be retained.
If the footpath is lit and is an adopted highway then a new system of lighting will be installed where necessary to meet British Standards.