Dalmuir Park: Call for action after sexual assault in park

CALLS are being made for additional lighting in parks after a woman was sexually assaulted in Dalmuir last week.

The 47-year-old was attacked at Dalmuir Park at around 6pm on Tuesday, November 8.

Police Scotland are still hunting the attacker.

The town’s MSP and a councillor blasted the “appalling” attack and stated women should not have to live in fear of intimidation. They have backed calls from the public for better lighting.

Following the incident members of the public expressed their concerns about lighting in the park and other local green spaces.

On social media, one person said: “I feel strongly about this, particularly as this is what terrifies me walking home in the dark.

“More needs to be done about this to protect not just females but lone walkers in general.”

A second person added: “There’s literally no lighting in this park. It’s absolutely shocking. Why don’t they just put lighting in it to prevent people’s lives being ruined?”

Last year, a campaign called Light The Way was launched, calling for better lighting on the main routes in parks in neighbouring Glasgow after concerns were raised over the safety of people – particularly women and children – using them after dark.

Glasgow City Council has since announced its commitment to looking into providing sensitive light solutions in parks which take into account both equality and climate impacts.

Clydebank’s MSP is now calling on West Dunbartonshire Council to do a similar review of the lighting on routes through parks.

Marie McNair told the Post that she was “appalled” to hear of the assault in Dalmuir Park and has since written to the council and the Police expressing her concern.

Ms McNair said: “News of this assault is absolutely appalling. Women should be able to go about their day without fear of attack or intimidation.

“The council and the police should do everything possible to help provide a safe and secure environment for everyone.

“I have written to the council’s chief executive and the Police Constable to express my concern about this incident.

“In doing so I have asked them to review the quality of the lighting in this area and anything else possible with a view to increasing security.”

Sophie Traynor, councillor for Clydebank Central, is also backing the calls. She added: “I am appalled at the news of the recent incident. No one should feel unsafe in their local community.

“We must do all we can to make our communities safer. I believe a review is needed into whether additional lighting in Dalmuir Park, and other locations, could have a positive effect in ensuring that our parks are accessible and safe for all users.

“Whilst increasing street lights cannot prevent these crimes, it can make women feel more secure whilst using these spaces.”

In response, a West Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said: “We regularly review lighting in our parks, and all main routes through Dalmuir Park are well lit.”


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