Merton welcomes leading lights to its streets

Merton Council has just signed a contract with one of London’s leading lighting contractors to improve street lighting across the borough.

Cartledge will start work on maintaining Merton’s street lighting on 1 October – meaning the company will be looking after 27% of the capital’s lighting, almost 200,000 street lamps.

The Merton contract will involve installing and maintaining 18,000 streetlights, including lit signs and bollards.

Merton Council deputy leader Councillor Samantha George said: ‘We always work to put our residents first and recognise the importance of good quality street lighting in ensuring a better quality of life for everyone living in the borough and reducing people’s fear of crime. We welcome Cartledge to the borough and look forward to working in close partnership with the company. The Cartledge team have a wealth of experience in this sector which will be of great benefit to us.

‘In the present economic climate the new contract provides an excellent opportunity for both Cartledge and the council to deliver innovative and sustainable initiatives which will offer real benefits and value for money to residents.’

Managing Director Graham Cartledge said the firm had been operating in London for over 40 years and was now the third largest street lighting contractor in the UK.

He said: ‘The key has been driving both customer service standards and also realising savings for our clients.

‘We’ve been working closely with our clients in London reviewing street lighting policies and saving energy. We’re looking forward to helping Merton with measuring their carbon footprint and then working with them on energy saving initiatives in the future.

‘We believe in adding value to the client and building strong, long-lasting relationships.’

Norfolk-based May Gurney acquired Cartledge in 2002 and since 2004 the business has grown by 159%.