New lighting to be installed along popular Bridgend short cut

A popular walking route across the Ogmore River at Newbridge Fields is set to benefit from new lighting to help make it safer and more convenient to use.

The path, which includes a footbridge, frequently acts as a shortcut between Bridgend Life Centre and the town’s Tennis, Squash and Bowls Club, which sit on opposite sides of the river.

Bridgend County Borough Council has agreed to install new LED streetlights on behalf of the club after they offered to fund the work in order to benefit members who choose to use the path and cross the bridge to access their facilities.

Cllr Stuart Baldwin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are pleased to be working alongside the Tennis, Squash and Bowls Club to make the route brighter and more convenient for people who wish to visit the club and use its facilities.

“This is an excellent example of how we can work together in partnership, and I hope that the newly installed lighting will make the route much easier, safer and convenient for club members, dog walkers and people who are just out for a stroll around Newbridge Fields.”

Dr Ed Wilkins, Chair of Bridgend Tennis, Squash and Bowls Club, said: “I would like to thank Bridgend County Borough Council for the excellent support in ensuring the safety of our members in the pathed area between the Rec car park and the bridge above the tennis club.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the lighting engineers in the provision of a lighting scheme which will be a major improvement in safety but with a minimal impact on the ecology.”