Bol­lard lights for Antrim

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

SO­LAR street lights will be in­stalled along Fre­man­tle’s Antrim Lane in a bid to stamp out on­go­ing night crime.

The City of Fre­man­tle com­mit­ted re­cently to in­stall so­lar bol­lards along a sec­tion of the street, af­ter years of re­quests by res­i­dents who cited re­cur­ring in­stances of graf­fiti and cars be­ing bro­ken into.

Antrim Lane runs off busy Car­ring­ton Street be­tween Leach High­way and Marmion Street, putting it close to Fre­man­tle Ceme­tery, bush­land at Royal Fre­man­tle Golf Course and the net­ball courts.

The bol­lards so­lu­tion was reached at a com­mu­nity meet­ing with a City rep­re­sen­ta­tive, in­sti­gated by Melville Coun­cil­lor and State Par­lia­ment hope­ful Ni­cole Robins.

“The lack of light­ing along Antrim Lane had contribute­d to a spate of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity… and mo­torists have felt un­safe nav­i­gat­ing the lane when driv­ing af­ter sun­set,” Ms Robins (pic­tured above) said.

“While the City of Fre­man­tle had ac­knowl­edged the is­sue, fund­ing had not been se­cured in con­sec­u­tive bud­gets, leav­ing res­i­dents feel­ing frus­trated.”

A City spokesman said it was ex­pected three lights would be in­stalled at a cost of $1000 each.

He said they would be in place by the end of the year.

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