Derby's Street Lighting PFI Contract
Springdale Court, Mickleover
(My old stomping ground!)
The columns being removed on this road were:
|Seq. No.||Lamp Number||Location||Lamp Type||Watt||Isolation Point|
|1||98894||OS NO 1||SXPL3||35|
|2||98895||IN CDS ADJ NO 1||SXPL3||35|
|3||98896||OS NOS 15/17||SXPL3||35|
|4||98897||OS NO 19||SXPL3||35|
|5||98898||OS NO 10 JNC FP||SXPL3||35|
|6||98899||FOOTPATH TO BRIERFIELD WAY||SXPL3||35|
|7||98900||O/S NOS 21/23||SXPL3||35|
|8||98901||O/S NO 25||SXPL3||35|
|9||98902||OS NOS 28/30||SXPL3||35|
|10||98903||FP BOWLAND CL OS18||SXPL3||35|
|11||98904||OS 22 F/P LATRIGG||SXPL3||35|
|12||98905||FOOTPATH TO BRIERFIELD WAY||SXPL3||35|
|13||98906||F/PATH REAR NO 10||SXPL3||35|
The following photographs were taken on the 4th April 2010 - Easter Sunday. The outgoing columns supported (mostly) GEC Z9532 lanterns where a footway was present, and (mostly) GEC Z5698U lanterns on the sections without a footway, and on the footpath leading to Bowland Close, Pendlebury Drive or Brierfield Way. The outgoing columns had all been removed by Friday, 23rd April 2010.
A Z9532 was the first from Brierfield Way:
The first cul-de-sac (around the corner from the Z9532 above) was home to a couple of Z5698Us; the carriageway adjacent the first example was in a particularly poor condition at the time of photographing following a more severe winter than normally experienced, hence the various sprayed-on markings on the road surface:
The second Z5698U was installed at the other end of the small cul-de-sac section.
Returning to the main carriageway, another Z9532 was seen. Again at the time of photographing, Central Networks (the Electricity Company for this area) was carrying out work on an underground cable a little further up from the columns. I do not know whether this work was related to the new lighting or not.
Adjacent the first footpath access, yet another Z9532 existed, complete with an effective "Neighbourhood Watch" sign attached to the column shaft!
A Z9532 was fitted to the next column along, however it was replaced with a Thorn Beta 5 in about 2004. The outer bulb of the lamp fitted in the Beta 5 was beginning to blacken - a sign that the barium getter was in contact with the indium coating applied to the outer bulb, which then causes the sodium within the arc tube to be drawn out and then attack the indium film, leading to the blackening.
The second cul-de-sac on here was a little shorter than the first, and this time, only a single Z5698U was installed.
The rest of the road also formed a cul-de-sac. The first column along the road supported a Z5698U, but this was replaced with a Thorn Gamma 6 at about the same time that the Beta 5 appeared. The Gamma 6 must have been new old stock, as it featured the slightly 'deeper' canopy commonly seen on examples dating from the 1980s and early 1990s, but was fitted with the same type of clear reeded bowl that was fitted to the Gamma 6's successor, the Gamma Basique.
At this point, I should probably break into an impromptu singing of "The Green Green Grass of Home", as one of the houses visible in the background of the wide shot is, indeed, "The Old House"....in fact, this column also carries a certain amount of nostalgia for me, as it was visible in the background of many photographs that were taken when I lived at this house, back in the "good old days".
Happily, the final column on the roadway still supported a Z5698U until the end. The WRTL Arc that replaced my second Z5698U can just be seen on the footpath behind the houses - it is just to the left of the two columns here; below and to the left of the burglar alarm box of the distant house.
Another Z5698U existed on the footpath to the rear of the houses on Springdale Court and Bowland Close. This was fitted to a 5M sheet steel Stainton mid-hinged column.
Further along the footpath, another Stainton column was visible. This supported another Gamma 6, although unlike the example seen earlier, this lantern would have been an early replacement for a faulty Z5698U. I do not remember when the lantern swap occurred, however.
Several footpaths merge a little further down - those from the lower part of Springdale Court (seen earlier), Pendlebury Drive and Downham Close. The footpath then descends to Brierfield Way.
The Z5698U located the closest to Springdale Court looked somewhat battered, probably because of its proximity to the adjacent tree branches.
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