fears halt plans for decorative lights on Burnham seafront
to introduce colourful new decorative lights along Burnham's seafront
have been scrapped amid concerns from the harbourmaster that they
would cause confusion for boat users, it emerged last night.
trial of the lights was set to go ahead, but a Town Council meeting
on Monday night (December 10th) was told that Bridgwater Bay's
habourmaster has said the lights "could cause confusion"
since some of the lights would be the same colour as warning buoys.
Clerk Eileen Shaw told the meeting: "Sedgemoor District Council
is not prepared to give the trial the go-ahead because of the
concerns. The lights might be confusing for shipping and even
lead to ships running aground."
reported here that
resident Nick Whetstone had proposed that the town's current aging
decorative illuminations be replaced by multi-coloured low-cost
of the councillors who has backed the scheme, Cllr Helen Groves,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Monday's meeting: "This is
a real shame and very disappointing. Safety is important, but
I don't feel Sedgemoor has looked into this fully and assessed
the legal requirements. Similar lights are already in place in
bulbs inside the lamps would have been replaced with coloured
LED units, as pictured, and it was claimed that these would have
cut the council's electricity bill by up to 85%.
town councillors are to undertake further investigations to look
at other options for the seafront lights.