Young petitioners at Newman Catholic College thank Council for getting behind Roundwood Park lights

5 March 2020

group of councillors, students and teachers from Newman Catholic College

Students at Newman Catholic College were congratulated on their civic spirit, as they thanked councillors for supporting their petition to light up a well-used stretch of Roundwood Park on Wednesday (4 March).

In September 2018, the group became the first secondary school children to make a deputation at a Full Council meeting. They asked Council Leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt, to find funds for the lights, as they believed it would deter crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lights have now been installed along the Annex path, which runs between the Doyle Gardens entrance and Longstone Avenue. At a meeting with councillors on Wednesday, the group said they felt proud to have worked on the campaign and were pleased to report feeling more comfortable walking along the path after dark.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “It’s great to see young people taking an interest in what happens in their neighbourhood and engaging with the council on issues they care about. We hope that the new lights will help students, and others, to feel safer walking through the park at night.”