At the Full Town Council Meeting on Monday December 14, councillors voted to go ahead with the installation of floodlights for the skatepark on the Recreation Ground near Marlborough Youth and Community Centre at a cost of £13,685.
The lighting columns will be no more than 4 metres high and as such do not need planning permission. They will only operate in the winter months and will turn off at 9 pm.
Residents who live nearby and who will be moving into the new houses adjacent to the skatepark were vehemently against the erection of floodlights. They told the council that the lights would cause light pollution and encourage youths to gather so that incidences of anti-social behaviour and noise would be unacceptable. They appealed to the council to reject the proposal.
Cllr Farrell said, “The kids really really want the lights. The skatepark has been there a very long time. We need to show young people we are listening to them.”
Cllr Wilson said that the 4 metre columns were a good compromise compared with the original plan to install 8 metre columns. Cllr Loosmore commented, “The skateboard park was designed by youngsters and it has been very successful. The lights should have been there a long time ago – let’s get on with it.”