Harrow cancels lighting PFI

Harrow Council has cancelled its proposed street lighting PFI.

LB Harrow said it was “irresponsible to commit” to the PFI programme, more than three years after winning £32m of government funding. The Council’s previous administration applied for the funding, but the present one has opted to scrap the PFI before choosing a contractor.

Cllr Susan Hall, portfolio holder for the environment and community safety, said it “was irresponsible to commit to £1 million a year over 25 years – a key condition of the PFI contract – given the unprecedented financial pressures on us caused by the credit crunch”.

Harrow is reported by localgov.co.uk to be the only council to pull out of its PFI streetlighting agreement.

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