Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Charles Church to be lit up for test illumination

Tonight, Charles Church is going to be lit up with bright new lights as part of a test illumination to see what people think about lighting the church properly at night. This is great news and is happening because of Cllr Chris Penberthy and my campaign to get proper lighting installed to light up the bombed out church.

Please back our landmark illumination bid

Chris and I are calling for local residents to get behind the bid to permanently light up Charles Church by attending the temporary test lighting tonight between 6pm-8pm. 

Both Smeaton's Tower and Charles Church will be lit as part of a test illumination organised by the City Council to see if it is worth spending money permanently lighting these two Plymouth landmarks. If the public like the test illuminations lighting could be installed within months. Chris and I have called for new lighting before VE and VJ Days next year.

I am convinced that this test illumination will show Charles Church looking incredible and help restore its rightful place in the area at night. For too long it has been over-shadowed by Staples, the bingo and Drake Circus. With the exciting Bretonside development a strong possibility Chris and I wanted to ensure that the church was not forgotten about. Properly lighting the church up is a first step towards getting decent pedestrian access to the church. 


Having seen so many people attend Remembrance services across the city on Sunday I hope that Plymouth will also back our campaign to see the bombed out church permanently lit up. Charles Church is a memorial to all those who died in the Plymouth Blitz and as we remember those who fell I want to see this Church given the lighting makeover it deserves.

Chris said: "I lost family members in the Blitz in Plymouth and for me, and so many others in our city, the church stands for more than just an old church in a roundabout - it is a symbol of Plymouth's strength and a commemoration of those who died in the war. The test lighting will give an impression of how the Church could be lit properly every night. I'm encouraging people to go and see the Church and the test lighting of Smeaton's Tower and let the Council know what you think. With the support of local people this campaign can be a success."

Have your say on the test illumination

Please come along and see the test illumination of Charles Church and Smeaton's Tower and let me know what you think. If the test illuminations are well-received then we are a step nearer having them permanently lit. Let me know what you think by getting in touch.



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