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
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.