draws up plans to remove decorative lights in Burnham
councillors are drawing up plans to remove decorative lighting
from part of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront in order to address health
and safety concerns, it has been confirmed.
illuminations along the North Esplanade - between Burnham jetty
and Seaview Road - are set to be taken away altogether amid concern
about the weak foundations of the lighting columns on which they
are hung, as first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com in July.
councillor Paul Young has proposed replacing the lights with lighter-weight
LED strip lights, which he demonstrated at the council's latest
meeting, as pictured below.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The LED strip lighting would be
wound around the columns, creating very little weight and also
far less wind resistance to the columns."
costs of the new lights is being drawn up ahead of a final decision
on the future of the seafront lights.
of the decorative illuminations were purchased by the council
at a cost of £21,000 in 2007 - money that the council said
was well spent since it believes the lights attract visitors and
create a tourism-friendly environment.
Neville Jones said: "Many residents and visitors to Burnham
very much appreciate them and remark how good they look."