Westminster Council has finally revealed why half of its street lights have been blazing away for 24 hours a day. According to the Council, “our lighting operator contractor Harvard Technology Limited went into administration, resulting in some lights remaining on through the day.”
However, Labour Councillors say that Harvard Technology went in to administration in December 2018, according to the trade press magazine ‘Business Sale Report’ which reported on 13thDecember:
“Harvard Technology Limited, a smart wireless lighting specialist called in Grant Thornton UK on 10 December 2018 to handle the administration processes….
Primarily, the company produces LED lighting drivers and engines and creates wireless control solutions for both indoor and outdoor spaces, generated via its EyeNut and LeafNut systems.
In the financial year ending 31 October 2017, Harvard Technology Limited reported a turnover of £21.1 million with a pre-tax loss of £4.2 million.”
The Council has said
‘A solution has now been found and it is anticipated that street lights will return to normal over the course of the weekend. The agreement with the administrator includes a small fee, which the Council believes is justified on environmental grounds.”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour Environment and City Management spokesperson has asked the Council for an urgent explanation as to why it has taken the Council nearly three months to fix this serious problem, how much the Council has paid to get the street lights working properly and how are street lights will be managed in future so that this kind of problem does not arise again.