New lighting system to brighten pathways through South Shields

Coun Ernest Gibson and Coun Bill Brady in Temple Park where new LED lights are being installed.
Coun Ernest Gibson and Coun Bill Brady in Temple Park where new LED lights are being installed.

PATHWAYS through a popular field are set to be made much brighter.

Work has started to install more lighting throughout Temple Memorial Park, South Shields, after concerns were raised by those who use the area.

The lighting columns have been recycled from the the seafront with the work being paid for by a £10,000 injection from a pot of cash, allocated to the Whiteleas ward as part of the West Shields Community Area Forum fund.

The remainder of the funding came from Street Scape.

Whiteleas Coun Ernest Gibson, said: “There has been concerns over the lack of lighting in the area for a while now from those who use it to access the hospital, or walk their dogs.

“There was also concerns of safety for young people on their way to and from school on the dark mornings and on the afternoons.

“Work will be ongoing over the next few weeks to install the lighting, which will hopefully go someway to alleviate people’s safety concerns.”

The work is being carried out by Balfour Beatty and is expected to take a number of weeks, before all the lighting is installed and working.

Coun Gibson added: “The issue is just one of a number which have been addressed by the councillors in the area after concerns were raised by residents.”