Council chatter: Draft plan put forward to light up dark places

Residents are campaigning for lighting in places such as Bill Colbourne Reserve. Picture: Geoff Jones

Residents are campaigning for lighting in places such as Bill Colbourne Reserve. Picture: Geoff Jones

RESIDENTS may soon get a chance to say their say on Blacktown Council's revised lighting policy.

Staff have compiled a policy which will become a guide to the lighting of open space in Blacktown city.

It was in response to community requests to install lighting at several reserves.

The policy recommends lighting in selected areas to encourage recreational use or physical activity, assist people with their movements and to enhance the look and feel of city gateways.

"It is not possible or desirable to light large areas of landscape for general use," the report states. "Lighting should be focused and provided only where it serves the key principles."

Criteria will include a series of questions on a flow chart, starting with whether the council supports the use of the space after dark.

If the answer is no, lighting is deemed inappropriate.

The council will consult and review the impact on park elements, pathways users and neighbours.

The draft policy will go on public exhibition for 28 days if adopted next week.

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