Sport & recreation  |  3 Aug 2021

Redcliffs’ Barnett Park could get some extra floodlights to allow more sporting teams to train after dark.

The Ferrymead Bays Football Club has applied to Christchurch City Council for permission to install six additional lighting towers around the park’s playing fields.

There are already four lighting towers along the eastern boundary of the playing fields, but with club’s membership increasing steadily, they do not light enough fields for the number of players training in the evening.

The club want to install two additional lighting towers on the eastern boundary and four on the western boundary, next to the bush-covered slope by Moncks Spur Road.

The new towers would be about 18 metres tall – four metres taller than the existing towers – and would have three lights on each tower.

The lights would only be used by the club from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on weekday nights between April and September.

“The club would like to have the additional lighting towers in place as soon as possible. However, before the Council makes a decision on whether to allow the extra lighting towers to be installed, it wants to hear the community’s views,’’ says Council Community Parks Manager Al Hardy.

People can give their feedback on the proposed lighting towers until Tuesday 24 August via the Council’s Have Your Say webpages.

The Council is also holding a drop-in session at Barnett Park on Tuesday 10 August between 4 and 5.30pm for people who might want more information.