Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Black Path

For as long as I've been a member of Egglescliffe Parish Council (now known as Egglescliffe & Eaglescliffe council) people have asked from time to time if we could have some lighting on the black path from Lune Rd to Aislaby Rd. This year we are looking into using some of our Community Participation budget to provide that lighting. Engineers have looked at how many columns would be needed. We've had the costings and decided we could afford it. So now we're consulting with those who live nearest to the path. Tonight some of them came to ward surgery to protest against the whole idea. They told us about low level anti-social behaviour, litter problems and groups of young people drinking alcohol near the one light that is anywhere near the path. So would more lighting attract more people or would it drive them away? Would improving the light levels encourage more people to walk up and down the path in the winter or would it just encourage more anti-social behaviour?
Answers would be very welcome! Meanwhile we'll continue to consult the residents, the police and the lighting experts.

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