Improved lighting helps ease church safety fears
LET there be light!
The congregation at a Swansea church are feeling safer during the evenings, thanks to improved lighting.
The improvements have been made at St Mary's Church in the city centre, and the surrounding area by Swansea Council's Environment Department following concerns raised by churchgoers.
Church members and visitors raised the issue at their local Pact meeting, when they told police officers they felt anxious during darkness, and fearful the lack of light encouraged antisocial behaviour in and around the church grounds.
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Church warden Sid Kidwell said: "Members of the congregation at St Mary's Church, many of whom are older people, are delighted with the upgraded lighting scheme and would like to thank the local authority, and Safer Swansea as a whole, for responding to our complaints."
Fiona Hughes, of Community Safety, said: "We have been fortunate in being able to obtain funding, which together with expertise from colleagues enabled us to put together a cost-effective package to address the concerns which were brought to us."
Reena Owen, chair of the Safer Swansea Partnership, said: "Figures show that although crime and antisocial behaviour in Swansea have been substantially reduced in recent years, people unfortunately remain fearful and concerned in some places and circumstances. This modest scheme is a good example of how concerns can be brought up through the Pact process and how we can successfully tackle them."