Bright idea lights way along Swansea park's path
STUDENTS lit up a Swansea park with glow sticks after it was plunged into darkness.
Swansea University's Students' Union has been fighting to get new lights in Singleton Park for two decades.
The footpath through the park is a well-used route to and from the seafront campus for staff and students.
Work began on Monday to replace the lamps with new LEDs, but the project was brought to a halt when a faulty underground cable was discovered.
So members of the Students' Union planted the glow sticks along the route on Tuesday night.
The union's women's officer Becki Warrillow said: "Last year's women's officer Ellen Jones lobbied the council and the uni for new lights to be fitted.
"She, along with others, won that battle. They were going to install LED lights because they give a brighter glow, but unfortunately since Thursday evening the lights along the path from the uni to the (Langland Terrace) Spar have been out all together.
"It's a safety issue and people can't see where they're going so we decided to put out glow sticks to light the way.
"But we don't know if we will be able to do it again. They are not cheap and if the lights are out for weeks, the Students' Union won't be able to afford it."
The glow sticks prompted a big response on micro-blogging site Twitter. Students posted photos of the glow sticks along the path calling on Swansea Council and the university to sort out the problem.
Miss Warrillow added that all the glow sticks were collected yesterday morning.
She also said no-one had been able to tell them when the cable problem would be fixed.
A university spokesman said: "We're aware of students' concerns over lighting along the footpath between the campus and Brynmill Lane.
''Although the park is owned by Swansea Council, the lighting was installed and maintained by the University. The university has rec- ently contracted Swansea Council to upgrade these lights following discussions with the Students' Union.
"Swansea Council began work last week, but discovered a fault, which meant work had to cease for safety reasons. university contractors are currently investigating the fault to allow the works to continue as quickly as possible."