Solar lighting for the Albert Road Rec

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Solar lighting for the Albert Road Rec

Solar lighting for the Albert Road Rec


We want to install solar lighting along the walkways of Albert Road Recreation Ground to increase the safety and accessibility of the community space for local people

Haringey Fundraising stage

pledged of £54,900
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £54,900 by 25 May 2020

The Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground (FARRG) want to raise £55,000 to install 35 solar lights along the park’s walkways. Last year, a schoolgirl came to FARRG with the idea for the project. Like many young people in the area, she walks through the park on her journey to and from home. However, during the winter months, she’s forced to make a lengthy detour due to the lack of lighting. This project will benefit the wider community. Since local resident Robby Sukhdeo opened The Pavilion Sports and Café in 2002, he’s engaged all ages with recreational facilities including tennis, basketball and creative classes. Lighting would increase accessibility and make people feel safer using the space. Our approach has the environment at its heart. The lights will be mounted on 6 metre columns, so they won't disturb wildlife. Our choice of solar lighting is not only sustainable, it’s also cost-effective – there won’t be any ongoing fees to fund.

What we'll deliver:

  • Solar lighting along the park walkways
  • Accessibility for the local community seeking to use the Rec facilities on winter afternoons and evenings
  • Safety for local people who walk through the Rec as part of their daily lives
  • Protection for wildlife who won't be affected due to the height of the lights
  • A sustainable project – powered by solar energy

Why it's a great idea:

The Albert Road Rec is a popular community space which offers a wide range of activities for all ages, but the absence of lights means that many people fail to take advantage of the space during dark winter afternoons and at night. Our project will help bring the community together and make people feel safer in their local neighbourhood. Bordered by two schools, in the past year there have been a number of youth muggings in the vicinity and knife crime is on the rise. Many people are feeling vulnerable. As a community group, we want to maintain their safety and wellbeing with better lighting. Since Robby Sukhdeo took over the Pavilion, he’s transformed the space and it's consistently been awarded Green Flag status. Improved lighting will mean that we can grow the offering further, making it more a focal point for local people to come together whether that be through sporting activities, yoga or quiz nights. It would be even better if we can do this in an environmentally friendly way.

Steps to get it done:

  • Appoint council-approved contractor
  • FARRG to work with contractor to confirm best positioning of solar lights
  • Council and FARRG to approve plans
  • Purchase and fit solar lighting by autumn 2020

Location Haringey

About the space

Recreation ground and children's play area


London Borough of Haringey

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How will the money be spent?Total £54,900

Installation of solar lighting - £49,630 (90%)
Other - £5,270 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Installation of solar lighting
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: Any extra budget would be put towards concrete bases for the lighting poles. This would lower maintenance costs in the long term.

Total £54,900

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