of new Burnham-On-Sea
lights gets the go-ahead
trial of new decorative lights along Burnham-On-Sea seafront will
go ahead, town councillors have decided this week.
trial was due to go ahead last year, but the Town Council said
in December that the habourmaster had warned the lights "could
cause confusion to shipping" since some of the lights were
the same colour as warning navigation buoys.
it emerged in January that harbourmaster John Stone had not objected
to the trial, but had only said the safety of the lights would
need be assessed.
at Wednesday's Town Improvements Committee meeting voted in favour
of installing three coloured LED lights on the South Esplanade
at a cost of £420 on a trial basis.
Clerk Eileen Shaw said: "Once the new lights are in place,
a number of tests will be undertaken to establish whether they
generate sufficient light on the pavements and highway."
Ken Smout added: "This scheme has been stalled for several
months so now we have got the go-ahead from the harbourmaster,
let's get this moving."
lights are being trialled after Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here that resident Nick Whetstone had proposed the town's
current aging decorative seafront illuminations be replaced by
the multi-coloured low-cost LED lights.
the trial is successful, all the seafront lamps could be replaced
with the coloured LED units, as pictured above. It is claimed
these could cut the council's power bill by up to 85%.
Top, how the proposed new lights would look on the seafront