BUSINESS owners have resorted to buying their own outdoor lighting with public street lights not up for the task in the city's central business district.
Wagga councillor Yvonne Braid requested earlier this week that the council explore more lighting options between Peter and Baylis streets, specifically in the carparks and laneways.
Local business owner Robert Baliva, who operates multiple stores in the CBD, said the quality of street lights were inconsistent throughout the city, with some areas well-lit and others left in the dark.
He said he made use of installing his own lights for his business at the top-end of Baylis Street to create a safe, secure environment for customers and staff.
"If the lights are not there it is basically pitch black," he said.
Mr Baliva said that not only would more street lights boost safety in the area, but could promote night-time trade as well.
Although street lights are inadequate in the CBD, he said it was a city-wide problem that needs attention especially on Lake Albert Road and Bourke Street.
He said some people are not using the pedestrians crossings, which makes the matter worse.
"They only have the hanging lights down the middle and it is a dark amber colour and does not do the job," he said. "There's a few times kids cross the road at night - not at the crossings - and it scares you, you aren't expecting it."
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William Farrer Hotel owner David Barnhill said the idea of installing more street lights in the city centre has his full support.
Mr Barnhill said he is currently looking to increase the hotel's lighting even further, particularly in the carpark, towards the rear of the building and on Peter Street as well.
"It's just for patron safety, we want people to feel safe and light promotes a bit of security," he said.
Councillor Yvonne Braid said she has called upon the council to explore the possibility of installing more street lights in the CBD in a bid to deter vandals and boost security for pedestrians.
Cr Braid has been leading the charge against graffiti in recent months, making a public call to light up the streets in October to reduce any illegal activities.
"More street lights should be put up throughout the city as a protective solution to stop further acts of vandalism," she said.
"These areas are also very dangerous for people walking to cars, particularly young women and older women. They are afraid of going into a carpark that is totally black.
"We need to look at what we can do to stop that."
The council is looking into Cr Braid's request, which was made at Monday's meeting.