OH Reid Oval Floodlights

In 1992, prompted by a hockey club, Willoughby Council resolved to erect floodlights and install a synthetic playing surface on the OH Reid Oval.  Local residents were given just 7 days notice of the impending work.

Led by local Garry Crossley (RIP) the local community mounted a campaign of opposition to the proposal. Eventually, Willoughby Council caved in and the proposal was dropped.

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(Read the story of the 1992 campaign)

Now some twenty-six years later, Willoughby Council is again considering putting floodlights (and likely a synthetic surface on the oval. This time there has not been any notification given to residents. Fortunately, the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association came across the proposal mentioned in a report to Council regarding Bales Park in Willoughby. The Association alerted local residents and an organising Committee (Chaired by Phil Sharratt) was quickly convened to oppose the current proposal.

Background

Timeline

Action taken by residents

LIKELY IMPACT OF FLOODLIGHTS

Fauna

Flora

Traffic

Parking

Noise

Light intrusion

Hours of operation

Increased intensity of sporting use

Interface issues

Impact on community use

Impact on dog owners

OTHER INFORMATION

Bales Park

Synthetic sports grounds POM