Fool! EU safety rules will require lighthouse to be painted orange
OUR story below on the EU's new 'safety regulations' requiring
Burnham-On-Sea's iconic beach lighthouse to be repainted orange
from next year was an April fool!
EU safety regulations will mean Burnham-On-Sea's iconic beach
lighthouse will have to be repainted orange from next year.
European Union is introducing new safety measures that require
large coastline structures, such as lighthouses, to be repainted
in bright orange in order to maximise safety and visibility for
new EU Marine Maritime Structures Safety Act is due to come into
force in 2016 and will apply to all member states, including the
spokesman confirmed the rules will initially apply to lighthouses
but could also be expanded to include piers, such as Burnham Pavilion,
in the future as well.
are committed to increasing the overall safety of our coastlines
around Europe to help mariners avoid collisions," said a
spokesman. "All ligthouses will have to be painted bright
orange, the designated safety colour."
councillors and residents have this week expressed shock at the
plans. Local resident Bill Smart said: "It would be so foolish
just to sit back and let the EU get away with this - it's ridiculous
what is being proposed to our lovely lighthouse, which was only
recently voted as one of the world's ten most beautiful lighthouses."