Sedgemoor District Council has this week responded to concerns about the deteriorating condition of Burnham-On-Sea’s iconic beach lighthouse.

Several beach walkers have called on the council to address rusting metalwork and peeling paintwork, pictured here.

But, talking to, district council spokeswoman Claire Faun said this week that there are no immediate intentions to repaint the building.

She said: “We have no plans currently as it was only completely redecorated in April 2016.”

“We aim for every four to six years, dependent on the severity of winters.”

She added: “Undoubtedly the long dry summer in 2018 may not have helped the paintwork and we do our best to look after it well, but given its location it’s impossible to keep it looking pristine year on year.”

“I suspect the earliest we would consider redecorating is the Spring of 2020.”

Burnham’s nine-legged wooden lighthouse was built in 1832 and is a Grade II Heritage listed structure.

Burnham lighthouse was also named on a list of the world’s top 10 most beautiful lighthouses in 2014.

Also see: History of three lighthouses in Burnham-On-Sea


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