South Shields footpaths will soon see the light

LIGHTING THE WAY... new lights on the pathways of Temple Park playing fields. From left, Coun Ernest Gibson, resident Paul Freeman, and Couns Bill Brady, Tracey Dixon and Doreen Purvis.
LIGHTING THE WAY... new lights on the pathways of Temple Park playing fields. From left, Coun Ernest Gibson, resident Paul Freeman, and Couns Bill Brady, Tracey Dixon and Doreen Purvis.

WORK will soon be under way to brighten up part of a South Tyneside estate after safety concerns were raised by residents.

New lights are to be installed along the footpaths of Temple Park Playing Fields.

The work has been made possible with £10,000 of funding from Green Space and the West Shields Community Area Forum, after it was agreed by councillors for Whiteleas.

It is thought more than 70 lights and columns will be replaced over the coming months as part of the project, which is a joint venture between the three ward councillors – Couns Ernest Gibson, Doreen Purvis and Bill Brady – and South Tyneside Council’s Community Safety and Street Scape teams.

Coun Gibson said: “The area needs new lighting, as what is there is either inadequate or not working, and it is causing safety concerns for residents.

“They use the area for either walking their dogs, youngsters going to school or people going to the hospital.

“It is an issue which has been raised on a number of occasions.

“Hopefully, by making the place a lot brighter it will help people feel more safe.”

The scheme is expected to take about two months to complete.

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