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.

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