Solar Lighting Could Solve The Parks Problem
The debate about lighting in Liverpool’s parks continues, with strong views on both sides. One idea which resolves most of the issues raised would be solar lighting. It can be put anywhere, it’s easily maintained, it’s relatively cheap – and it has all the right ecological credentials.
The nights are at last beginning to shorten, and we can finally think again of strolling around Sefton Park before supper.
There are big plans afoot for Sefton Park, as for several other of Liverpool’s parks, but one of the sticking points has been lighting – much of Sefton Park is unlit, and there seems little likelihood that this will change even if the ambitious renovations promised do actually come to pass.
Why no park lighting?
Several reasons have ben given for withholding lighting from large swathes of the park and its pathways (even some of the widest and most used). These include a fear that it will frighten away the bats, badgers, whatever, or that it makes unlit areas look ‘even darker and less safe’; and apparently these concerns are more compelling than the very understandable sense that a lot of people just don’t like walking in an unlit park, albeit they would like to get some exercise.
But at base I suspect that the most pressing reason for no more lighting is cost. The powers-that-be know it would be quite expensive to install and maintain, and they don’t want to ‘overburden’ the funding bids which are being developed to make our parks better and nicer places to visit.
An ecological solution
So why can’t we bring together concerns for cost and other issues, and reach a half-way position which, to me at least, looks rather sensible?
Let’s have solar lighting.
Solar lights don’t have to be joined together with bits of cable, they don’t require electricity from a generator, they can be put anywhere (and more can be added as desired) and they don’t need time switches. Solar lights come on as it gets dark and they turn themselves off after a few hours (short stretches of light when it’s cold and only the sturdiest souls are striding out, and longer during those balmy summer evenings when everyone wants to promenade). Plus, once installed they are inexpensive, and their maintenance is easy.
And, perhaps best of all, solar lights are eco-friendly. If there’s one place in the city which needs to set an example with green credentials, surely it’s our parks?
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