Monday, April 03, 2006

Let There Be Light!

After what seems like decades of telephoning, emailing, and letter writing, I finally, oh yes, finally have an answer from Kent County Council regarding the ludicrously dualled street lamps on Victoria Parade.

Here is the clinching email correspondence in full:

Dear Ms McKenzie (KCC Street Lighting Gauliter),

I am writing to ask you why all the street lamps along
Victoria Parade in Ramsgate have been 'doubled up'.

The new, 'heritage' lamps look very good, but they
have been there for weeks now, and have not yet been
put into operation. Meanwhile, the old lamps are still
standing side by side with the new.

When will the new lamps be turned on, and the old
lamps removed?

Yours sincerely,

Richard Eastcliff
Clifftop Mansion
Victoria Parade

And the response, from KCC's Street Lighting Engineer Jim Scott:

Dear Mr Eastcliff

The EDF services are programmed to be transferred from the old columns to the new on the 11th April 2006.

The Street Lighting Contractor has been advised of this date so that removal of the old columns can be programmed to coincide with the EDF works.

If in the mean time I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jim Scott Street Lighting Engineer
East Kent Division

So 11th of April it is then, hurrah! I wonder if I should get Anthea to come down and help with a celebrity turn-on?


Nethercourt said...

Aha.. small wonder then that 'the diminutive bently owner' was in the area. 'Spect he's gonna' do the switch on.....

Cllr David Green said...

It must be true, that money talks! One email from our local millionaire and we have period lighting working all along the seafront. Not only does KCC volunteer £140k of second homes monies, but TDC finds a bundle of notes down the back of a sofa to match it. A chance encounter on the golf course with the Leader of KCC and the Chairman of EDF, and the whole thing is installed and working within 48 Hours! They even throw in a spare flagpole as well.
Next week expect the Bandstand refubished.
Why do the rest of us bother?

Eastcliff Richard said...

Well I didn't like to say, but I did MC a donkey sausage and brie evening for M. Prise de Courant, the EDF Chairman, on the Rue de Remarques in Paris the other week.