New Brighton lighthouse will shine again for first time in 42 years

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NEW BRIGHTON LIGHTHOUSE 5TH DEC 2013
CREDIT: Bill Preston
NEW BRIGHTON LIGHTHOUSE 5TH DEC 2013
CREDIT: Bill Preston

Perch Rock lighthouse is set to be lit up for the first time in 42 years after the council, businesses and community groups joined forces to bring the local landmark back to life.

The Brighten New Brighton project run by New Brighton Coast Community Team has secured £6,000 of funding, the project aims to restore the lights at the top of the lighthouse to their original form.

The funding will also procure the supply and installation of four LED downlighters fitted to the exterior of the lighthouse, lighting its body from below the walkway surrounding its dome. These will be co-ordinated with the colour theme.

The funding of £6,160 will pay for the supply and installation of two light beacons – one white and one red – which will be fitted into the dome in its original positioning.

It is thought the lighting will be powered by a solar panel installation.

The project is one of 77 successful bids to the government’s £3m Coastal Revival Fund fund.

CREDIT: Firestar3x/ deviantart.com
CREDIT: Firestar3x/ deviantart.com

Wirral councillor Pat Hackett said: ‘It is not often that you get the chance to bring a piece of history back to life.

“With the lighthouse, NBCCT wants to revive this significant asset – a recognised symbol of New Brighton and key part of its heritage – to become a tourist attraction in its own right.

“This is a key element of an economic plan which is currently being developed to help New Brighton build upon its successes.

“We are very grateful to the current owners of the lighthouse in working with us to reinvigorate this wonderful piece of New Brighton’s history.’

Tony Jones, chair of NBCCT, said: “Our vision for New Brighton is to build upon the strengths of the resort to establish it as a year-round premier destination, attracting more day trippers and overnight stays, which in turn boosts the local economy, increasing employment and supporting the needs of the local community.”

The project to bring the lights back into service and establish the lighthouse as a centre-piece attraction at the burgeoning resort can now progress, subject to listed building consent, as a result of the funding.

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