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Wednesday 8 December 2010 5.37pm
Councillor Anood has sent me an update.....

Some key points are;
* Land Registry searches and examination of the Title Deeds with a cross reference with the Council's Property department have established that the council has no responsibility to maintain what is known as the "jetty".
* ...the original freehold has been divided up amongst three development companies, which has added to the confusion over allocation of responsibilites.
* The licence, issued by the PLA stipulates that the "jetty" must have "public access", but cannot be dedicated as a highway, under the provisions of the Highway Act 1980, or declared a public walkway under the provisions of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969.
* ...if there is any increase in services provided by the managing agents, and a variation in their contracts, residents and businesses may be subject to a slight increase in their service charges. As this is a commercial agreement between all parties, the council will be unable to intervene in these negotiations

This is the full response received from Richard Harris who works in Southwark's public realm department:

"Regarding the update on the festoon lighting, I met with Chris Duffy from Galliards yesterday and things are progressing.

Background
The maintenance and upkeep of the festoon lighting on the "jetty" in Shad Thames has been an issue for a number of years. The key issue is who will take responsibility for the upkeep of the lights. Does it rest with Southwark Council, Galliards (freeholders), the managing agents or with the businesses and residents?
Over the past two years, targeted efforts and resources have been applied by the council to resolving the issue, which include regular telephone calls to the freeholders in an attempt to meet and clarify responsibility aincluding a meeting with a representative of the residents to bring residents up to date and to clarify the current position.
Land Registry searches and examination of the Title Deeds with a cross reference with the Council's Property department have established that the council has no responsibility to maintain what is known as the "jetty". The "jetty" is the promenade area between the buildings and the river. Maintenance of this area is contained in licences issued by the Port of London Authority (PLA), who are responsible for the river, which, runs under the "jetty" area.
Licences were issued in 1998 to Frogmore Developments Limited, who have since sold on to Galliards, who continue to pay the Port of London Authority under the terms of the licence. There is some dispute between the interested parties, as the original freehold has been divided up amongst three development companies, which has added to the confusion over allocation of responsibilites. The festoon lighting is only one of a number of unclear management issues around managing the estate, which includes the surrounding environs.
There are number of points which indicate the council has no responsibility for the area. The licence, issued by the PLA stipulates that the "jetty" must have "public access", but cannot be dedicated as a highway, under the provisions of the Highway Act 1980, or declared a public walkway under the provisions of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1969.
Officers met with Galliard on 29th November 2010 where it was agreed that the council had no responsibility for maintaining the area, but were prepared to allocate limited resources to resolving the issues, and on behalf of the residents, to act as a facilitator for all commercial interests to resolve the issue. It was also agreed, as a short term measure, that Galliard staff would make efforts to contact the handyman who replaces lightbulbs at the western end of the "jetty", and extend replacements along the whole length. As a longer term measure Galliards will write to the three managing agents, within the week, and invite them to a meeting to clarify their responsibility within the terms of their contracts. It is possible that after clarification, if there is any increase in services provided by the managing agents, and a variation in their contracts, residents and businesses may be subject to a slight increase in their service charges. As this is a commercial agreement between all parties, the council will be unable to intervene in these negotiations.
If the Community Council requires further updates, they can be provided at the conclusion of negotiations."

I'm happy that people are discussing the issue and I hope it is resolved soon.
Wednesday 8 December 2010 6.37pm
How many 'development' companies does it take to change a lightbulb?
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Wednesday 8 December 2010 10.12pm
Tolstoy wrote:
How many 'development' companies does it take to change a lightbulb?

Nice one.

Or to raise the original point (which intentionally isn't funny)....how many women need to be mugged before a lightbulb's changed?
Thursday 25 July 2013 7.13pm
Any news on the lighting since 2010? Would love to know what has happened.
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Thursday 25 July 2013 8.59pm
There has been an improvement in front of Browns last winter, when the problems most noticeable, and credit should go to Councillor Anood.
Unfortunately the lights on the other side of the bridge, in the pass through China Wharf were often not working, fortunately I didn't see any muggings...
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