talks to be held over plans for new Burnham seafront lights
talks are set to be held between local councils to push forward
plans for new coloured illuminations to be introduced along Burnham-On-Sea's
total of £11,500 has this week been earmarked for the work
by town councillors, who are keen to see Burnham's Esplanade lit
up as an attraction for visitors.
comes after several colour-changing LED lights have been trialled
on the South Esplanade over the past year - but there remain a
number of safety concerns, leading to ongoing discussions.
position is complex because Sedgemoor District Council own the
lighting columns on the South Esplanade while Somerset County
Council operate the columns on the North Esplanade.
Clerk Denise Emery said at this week's meeting of the council's
Policy and Finance Committee: "Only white LEDs are acceptable
to the County Council because they provide the most light above
highways, while Sedgemoor may not be adverse to coloured lights
if sufficient light is generated. So far we have never been in
a position where both parties are happy."
Cllr Chris Williams said: "It is important that we get our
act together as a council because this has been ongoing for so
Cllr Phil Harvey said he too is keen to see some progress. "There
is definitely something lacking about our seafront without any
decorative lights. Something needs to be done to push this forward."
Cllr Ken Smout added: "When we took on the job of finding
new lights, it sounded simple, but in fact there's fitting, testing,
the amount of light produced, and the ownership of the columns
to consider - there are a lot more factors to consider here than
have this week referred the matter to the Town Projects Committee
are recommending that further discussions are held with Sedgemoor
and the County Council to find a mutually-agreeable light design.
LED lights have been trialled this year after local resident Nick
two years ago that the previous decorative seafront illuminations
should be replaced by LED lights to cut council costs. It was
claimed that LED lights will cut the council's power bill by up
to 85% along the seafront.
trial was initially due to go ahead in 2012, but the harbourmaster
warned that the lights "could cause confusion to shipping"
since some were the same colours as nearby navigation buoys. However,
those concerns were later resolved.
Top - how the proposed LED lights would look on the seafront if
approved; Centre - The former decorative lights which were taken
down amid safety concerns; Above - One of the colour-changing
LED lights which have been trialled on the North Esplanade this