£270,000 for Walsall’s ‘new’ illuminations

Work to permanently light up Walsall Arboretum to replace the axed illuminations is poised to be carried out this year.

Funding of £270,000 has been allocated by Walsall Council to create an illuminated park in the 2013/14 financial year.

Leisure bosses have been looking at the scheme since Walsall Illuminations were officially scrapped almost two years ago following big losses.

Cash towards the illuminated park project has now been set aside. Some work has already been carried out to support the infrastructure.

A report to the council states: “This funding would allow the following work to be undertaken to celebrate the restored park: Lighting to key routes within the park; illumination of key park buildings including the Bandstand, Boathouse and Lichfield Street Lodge. And illumination of the park landscape features, trees and water features including the Boardwalk.

“The overall aim would be to create a unique experience in Walsall and allow visitors to view the park from a different and exciting perspective.”

It will fit in with the £7.6 million revamp of the town’s premier park and the new-look water play area which is being installed in place of the lido.