The impact of the pilot
Throughout the listening exercises it became obvious that a prominent sentiment in the community coalesced around people feeling unsafe on account of the lack of street lighting.
This drew the attention of our students, not least because they too shared this sentiment.
Throughout their listening they became concerned with one area in particular, the Greenstead underpass. It is a space that many university students experience as unsafe due to lack of lighting, and so, when it came to students taking action, they knew this is the aspect they wanted to tackle.
The pandemic delayed student action on this issue, but before this the students collected a lot of relevant information and took photos of the site.
They also approached the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner with the request of improving the lighting at this particular sight.
The outcome of this was that the lights were fixed - a really important outcome demonstrating the impact of this pilot on the local community in a short space of time and in difficult circumstances.