Most street lights within the Parish are owned by Wisbech St Mary Parish Council. There are 150 identified by letters and numbers on the column or pole e.g. FPC8. A few may be Fenland District Council, e.g. FDC 8, or Cambridgeshire County Council e.g. L6BIP (or the old reference e.g. CCC CCC8).
Parish councillors are aware that many people are concerned regarding street lights that are not working. Residents have reported 10 defective lights, Councillors have identified a further 15. So we have 25 defective out of a total of 150. Some of these have been replaced ahead of Phase 1 of the main contract commencing later this year.
The Parish Council were told by Fenland District Council that we needed to replace 89 street lights (approx. cost £106,800) as a matter of urgency. Parish Councillors thought this to be an unusually high number – they carried out inspections which confirmed their opinion. It appeared to councillors that routine scouting (checking lights were working), cleansing and minor maintenance had not been carried out for some considerable time.
Consequently the Parish Council engaged Electrical Testing Ltd (ETL) to carry out an independent assessment of our street lighting stock. As a result minor repair work has been completed extending the life of many units.
We are now working with ETL to adopt a strategy to replace our ageing lighting stock with modern LED lanterns. Work has commenced to assess each light to be replaced in Phase 1, materials will then be ordered. Replacements on the main arterial routes is schedulerd to commence later this year. A firm startting date will be publicised when confirmed.
We are sorry for the delay in repairing defects, however we are striving to redress a situation which was not of our making.
Updates on progress will be provided.
Please help us to ensure all out lights are working by reporting defects to us……………. click on ‘Links’ below to report a defective light.
Bus Service 46
We are fighting to keep this popular and essential service. We encourage all residents that use the service to write to Cambridgeshire County Council stating that you wish to see the Service 46 continued after August 2018.
You can view the current revised bus timetable by downloading a PDF copy here BusService46.
High Road Drainage Scheme – Wisbech St Mary
Phase 1 of the project to install drainage pipes in front of nine bungalows in High Road, W St M by the North Level Internal Drainage Board is now complete.
The bungalows have suffered flooding in severe weather conditions for many years.
Phase 2 involves jetting out / repairing the pipes taking surface water from High Road, under the footpath into the new pipes.
All residents contributed to the Project along with a £5k grant from Wisbech St Mary Parish Council. The balance of cost is being met by North Level Drainage Board.