Derby's Street Lighting PFI Contract
Broadfields Close, Darley Abbey
Three columns lit this short cul-de-sac; two of which consisted of unsleeved Stanton 7 concretes; the other was a mid-2000s tubular steel replacement. All three columns ended their days supporting Thorn Beta 5 35W SOX lanterns; with top-entry examples fitted to the concretes, and a side-entry fitted to the steel. All pictures were taken on Sunday, 25th July 2010. The columns along the service road had been removed by Sunday, 8th August.
The outgoing column can be seen fitted with a parking restriction sign plate; this is intended to deter users of the nearby University of Derby from using the road as a free car park.
The tubular steel column was painted a rather unpleasant shade of green - this colour was chosen as Derby's 'standard' side-road column colour in the mid-2000s. Thankfully, the PFI soon came along and prevented any more of these columns from being installed!
Since its first installation, the photocell fitted to the Beta 5 has been replaced with a "PFI standard" Royce Thompson SC1000 unit.
The replacement column was situated on the opposite side of the road:
The final Stanton 7 on this road was in a slightly better overall condition than the other column was. Nevertheless, it was still to be removed as part of the relighting scheme.
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