Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Luke backs lighting up of Smeaton's Tower


Plymouth's Labour-run City Council today submitted a planning application to install new LED lights to permanently light Smeaton's Tower. This is great news. 

The test lighting of Smeaton's Tower highlighted how magnificent the lighthouse could look at night and if planners give the application the green light we're one step closer to properly lighting one of Plymouth's most important landmarks.

The Labour Council's manifesto to light up our landmarks is one of our most popular pledges and rightly so. Plymouth has a rich built heritage but it has not received the attention many of these buildings and structures deserve. That's why I was so pleased when this pledge was included in Labour's local manifesto and really pleased that we're a step closer.

One step closer to lighting up Charles Church

Last year Cllr Chris Penberthy, the Labour Councillor for St Peter and the Waterfront, and I launched a campaign to have Charles Church added to the list of landmarks getting an LED lighting makeover. 

The case for Charles Church getting a new lighting set up is strong. The test lighting of the church in September last year highlighted the complexity of the site (especially because of the strong lighting on Drake's Circus and Staples) but it also showed what a difference decent lighting makes to the Church. This is not just a heritage building it is a building that stands in memorial to all the people who died in the Blitz so the lighting has to be sympathetic and dignified. 


Charles Church: lighting it up is the first step to getting proper pedestrian access 
"The lighting up of Smeaton's Tower means that Charles Church having new lighting is one step closer. Plymouth has an opportunity to celebrate our heritage with new lighting that will not only give historic buildings  the prominence they deserve but help bring in extra visitors too.
"The test lighting of Charles Church and Smeaton's Tower showed what can be done with new lighting. Cllr Chris Penberthy and I welcome the planning application for Smeaton's Tower and we will continue to work with lighting engineers and the City Council on the lighting for Charles Church. Today is a good day as it shows that proper lighting up for Plymouth's landmarks is one step closer." - Luke Pollard

Read More

The Plymouth Herald has a good piece on the plans to light up Smeaton's Tower online (opens in a new window).


Let me know what you think

The lighting trial for Smeaton's Tower and Charles Church received really positive public feedback. This is a hugely popular policy from the Labour Council and I hope people will continue to back the call for lighting up of Charles Church as well as Smeaton's Tower. Let me know what you think about this news by getting in touch or in the comments below.



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commented 2015-02-28 09:32:54 +0000
Ok – I’ll give it a go! Specially if it means we can walk more confidently on the Hoe at night in good lighting, as that would be nice. I have noticed the new white street lighting here and it’s great that it’s saving CO2 and also spending less on energy. The Smeaton’s Tower is definitely iconic.
commented 2015-02-28 09:16:58 +0000
Lighting up our landmarks was a Labour manifesto pledge and the test lighting was enthusiastically backed by members of the public. The LED lights are efficient and will make the lighthouse a real nighttime attraction for Plymouth. I think it will look great. The Labour Council has done a huge amount on energy efficiency. We are replacing all 29,000 streetlights with new LED lights. This saves nearly one million pounds a year in electricity and that’s a huge amount of CO2 that is saved. Plymouth City Council is coping with £64m of Tory cuts and so saving money on street lighting is one way of balancing the books. Investing in the Hoe is important and helps us celebrate one of our most famous landmarks. Other cities would be celebrating Smeaton’s Tower. I think it is time Plymouth gave it the attention it deserves. If you’re still unsure, why not wait until the lights are installed and see the tower lit up for yourself. I’m sure seeing it in person will convince you that this is money well spent.
commented 2015-02-27 22:47:58 +0000
Not sure about this… It seems an un-Green move since there is no functional reason to make light on these places – plus do we really need more light pollution right by the sea? I would rather look for places to improve lighting that will improve safety in dark corners where people already need to walk through. There may be a case to be made for this plan but I don’t think it’s been made yet, specially next to all the other important issues that are going on.

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