Seafront lights to go over lamp-post safety fears

PUBLISHED: 13:10 04 September 2012

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PLANS to strip decorative lights from part of Burnham seafront have been put into action by town councillors after experts ruled many of the lamp-posts are unstable.

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council explored the cost of removing the illuminations from the North Esplanade and putting them along the South Esplanade after a health and safety report.

The Somerset County Council report concluded a number of the posts are unsuitable.

Town council clerk Eileen Shaw said the problem lies with the foundations of the lighting columns.

She said: “The county council will not renew our permission to keep them on there. It’s not that the columns are not safe themselves, but extra weight is an issue so they could become unstable, as the lights put extra pressure on them.”

Town councillors are now drawing up plans to remove the lighting.

Town councillor Paul Young, for Burnham central and south ward, has suggested replacing the lights with LED strips, which are lightweight and can be wound around the columns.

He said: “At the moment the lights on the seafront are costing about £3,500 to run and the posts are rocking in their foundations, possibly due to the wind.

“My suggestion was that by wrapping or using strips of LED lights we could get the same effect and colours on the seafront. They will be more reliable and will require little or no maintenance and will cost about 20p per hour for the whole of the seafront.

“I thought with this idea we may be able to revive the seafront lights and I could give advice which could benefit the town.”

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