Victory for Stapleton Hall Road streetlight campaigners

July 9th, 2009

One of the antique streetlights in Stapleton Hall RoadFollowing lots of lobbying from Stroud Green Residents Association (SGRA) - with a bit of support from me - the Council have agreed to replace the streetlights on the section of Stapleton Hall Road between Quernmore and Oakfield.  According to the email I have had from the Council 9 new lamp posts will be installed in September.

This is because of complaints that the poor lighting on that section makes the road dangerous at night.  Earlier this year a local woman was flashed by a man hiding in bushes on this section of the Road - who was probably taking advantage of the poor lighting.

In my 3 years of being a Councillor this is the first time I have ever heard of the Council replacing street lights in Stroud Green ward – so lets hope this is the start of something bigger.  Last I heard is that the lights are so ancient (they are the original Victorian gas lights converted to electric use) that English Heritage were trying to get them listed!

I’ve contacted the Council to find out what’s happening to the old lights and if some of them are going to be re-conditioned and preserved somewhere else.  We need to preserve our heritage as well as keeping our roads safe.

Comments (2)

2 comments on “Victory for Stapleton Hall Road streetlight campaigners”

  1. Selina says:

    I appreciate the problem on that stretch of Stapleton Hall Road, good news that has been addressed, but your comment “so lets hope this is the start of something bigger” is alarming. And I’m not sure why English Heritage’s desire to have the lights listed warrants an exclamation mark. Is it really such a ridiculous suggestion? Please don’t assume we all want the Victorian lights ripped down – they are part of the charm of the area, a conservation area I thought.

  2. Richard says:

    I agree that it would be great to save as many of the old lights as possible – especially in a conservation area. I’ve been pressing the officers involved to see how many can be reconditioned and saved. There was an idea at one stage that all the saveable ones would be relocated to selected streets in conservation areas.

    However, I think we have to be realistic about how many centuries these lampposts can last for – they are now very brittle and rusty (according to the officers they ’shatter’ if a car reverses into them). They do have a very important function as well as being ornamental. I’d love to think we had all these amazing old street lights because of Haringey’s commitment to conservation – but the reality is its just that the Council doesn’t invest in maintaining vital services like streetlighting.

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