COULD fairy lights bring some much needed sparkle to the Blacktown CBD?
A Blacktown Council report has recommended to investigate this idea from independent Russ Dickens.
The deputy mayor called for an urgent report in April on street lighting improvements and has campaigned for improvements to the Blacktown CBD for many years.
"We're the biggest council in NSW but lighting in the CBD area is poor," Cr Dickens said. "We need to brighten our CBD. I've been trying for many years to bring a little excitement to the place, such as planter boxes with flowers in them. Fairy lights would add some razzamatazz. A lot of people agree with me. Why would anyone knock it?"
The report into street lighting improvements on next week's council meeting agenda states more details about the lights are needed.
The council looked into the idea after a CBD committee request to provide fairy lights in the Village Green and part of Flushcombe Road. The estimated cost of lights in 15 trees was $35,000.
Concerns raised in the council report include the longevity of fairy lights, the need for extra power sources, vandalism and safety of the lights being mounted on the street lighting columns.
Cr Dickens said the area surrounding the train station also needed attention.
"We need to look after our city and make it look nice. Visitors come out from the station and think: 'Is this really the Blacktown CBD?' What we should be doing is adding some sparkle so we can say Blacktown is the place to come to."
Labor Cr Stephen Bali isn't opposed to the idea and used the fairy lights in Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD as a good example.
"The Village Green is already fairly well lit but fairy lights may attract more people."
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