Hartland lighthouse closure plans resisted

TORRIDGE and West Devon Prospective MP, Adam Symons, has vowed to resist the closure of one of the areas most famous landmarks, Hartland Point Lighthouse. The Lighthouse, constructed in 1874 to make the seas around Lundy and North Devon safer, has been ea

TORRIDGE and West Devon Prospective MP, Adam Symons, has vowed to resist the closure of one of the areas most famous landmarks, Hartland Point Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse, constructed in 1874 to make the seas around Lundy and North Devon safer, has been earmarked for closure by Trinity House, the organisation that governs lighthouses throughout the UK.

Hartland Point Lighthouse, which is perched on a prominent outcrop facing the Atlantic Ocean, guides vessels of all types approaching the Bristol Channel. It was built by Trinity House in 1874 under the direction of Sir James Douglass.

Adam Symons, who is also the local councillor for Hartland, said Hartland Point Lighthouse was one of the best known landmarks in North Devon.


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He said: "Trinity House has stated that new shipping navigational devices have made it obsolete. However, I believe it plays a vital role in keeping shipping safe on this treacherous stretch of coastline.

"I am urging the public to write in to express their concerns about the loss of Hartland Point Lighthouse. This closure will be resisted. At over 18 meters in height, and visible from Wales, it is part of our rich maritime heritage, and has saved countless lives over the years."

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The lighthouse was electrified in 1927. Prior to automation in 1984 the station was manned by four keepers, who lived in dwellings attached to the lighthouse with their families. The dwellings were demolished when the station was de-manned in order to allow for the construction of a helipad next to the tower.

The Trinity House consultation closes on January 29. More information can be found at: www.trinityhouse.co.uk/media_centre/press_releases/2010/2010_aids_navigation_review_published.html

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