• Cllr Brian Dennehy

PUBLIC LIGHTS KENURE PARK RUSH

BALBRIGGAN/SWORDS AREA COMMITTEE MEETING

[Services A – Operational Matters]

Thursday, 9th November, 2017

ITEM NO. 12



Question: Councillor B. Dennehy

“To ask the Chief Executive to explore methods including solar panel that will

deliver public lighting to the walking running track in Kenure Park, Rush in an

achievable and cost effective manner in order to maximise and extend the

existing popular and heavily used facility.”

Reply:

Solar powered street lighting is not feasible for such a heavily wooded area and

can be a more costly solution than a standard lighting installation. It is highly

unlikely that a source of continuous dependable light would be achieved using

this method of illumination. The use of standard columns, with lanterns

mounted at 5m, is seen as the most viable option. The nature of the track and

the proximity of mature trees make this a costly installation, with the estimated

cost in the region of €60,000. No source of funding has been identified for this

work. It also would not be normal practise to light a public park in this way,

parks usage has heretofore ceased in general at dusk unless on a floodlit facility.

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