Switch-off for lighthouse?

PUBLISHED: 13:03 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A REVIEW of the country's navigational aids could mean the end for a long-standing Portishead lighthouse.

A REVIEW of the country's navigational aids could mean the end for a long-standing Portishead lighthouse.

The future of the 11m high tower at Black Nore Point, on the beach just below the old Nautical School, is under threat.

The General Lighthouse Authority confirmed traditional aids like lighthouses are now considered a secondary to more advanced technology.

Global Navigation Satellite Systems are now the primary system relied upon for coastal navigation.

Black Nore, which has been operational for more than 100 years, is one of a number of navigational lights along the British coastline being considered for redundancy.

A consultation into the switching-off is underway but residents only have until Friday to send their comments to Navigation Directorate, Trinity House, Tower Hill, London.

Members of the town's heritage group, set up to protect historical sites in the town, confirmed that, should the end be confirmed for this much loved piece of maritime history, they will be looking into the possibility of protecting it.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 16:23

Weston boss Marc McGregor has hailed the performance Tom Llewellyn in the Seagulls’ defeat at Welling United, after the teenage starlet marked his first league start with a stunning goal.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Pupils turned out in droves, sporting yellow ears and eye patches, in support of Children in Need.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

A Weston boy, who has been long been hailed as an inspiration to children suffering from bullying, has added another prestigious prize to his collection.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Children as young as 12 have been caught running on the roof of a derelict factory and trespassing in the collapsing building.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

A six-year-old has raised more than £500 for a Wraxall charity with a sponsored hair cut.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:44

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from October 4-16.

Read more
In The Dock
Yesterday, 07:00

The Government is set to invest more than £1million to improve pothole problems in Weston and North Somerset.

Read more
Mon, 20:00

Pantomime season will return to Weston-super-Mare next month.

Read more
Mon, 18:00

A six-piece jazz band will entertain a Portishead crowd on November 30.

Read more
Mon, 17:41

Westonians have criticised North Somerset Council’s commercial investment decisions after the authority spent more than £50million on acquisitions this year.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists