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Campaigners Demand Godrevy Light Stays

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7:01am 1st September 2012

The famous winking beam at Godrevy Lighthouse is being turned off.

Officials are replacing it with cheaper LED units.

They insist marine safety will not be compromised.

But locals say the traditional light will be missed.

The beam has inspired writers and artists for over a century.

Stephen Baker runs the Carbis Bay Hotel which overlooks it. He said: "The lighthouse is iconic, it's a famous landmark. it was immortalised in Virginia Woolf's novel and it's a major part of our marketing. It's a big part of the business forming the backdrop of the view.

"I think in the end it will be accepted but we will have to reserve our judgement until we know how it looks. It has a particular type of a look to it and it's what makes the lighthouse famous, that it's still a working lighthouse. So yes it's important"  

In a press statement Trinity House said: "Every five years the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK & Ireland carry out a formal review of the aids to navigation they provide. The last review was in 2010. This, along with a full user consultation, found that the main and sector lights at Godrevy Island could safely be reduced to 8 nautical miles. The new superior LED lights will be exhibited adjacent to the existing building and will have no effect on the current lighthouse structure or the daytime conspicuity of this important aid to navigation.

"The safety of the mariner will always be our primary consideration in assessing the ongoing requirements for aids to navigation around the coast, it is also essential that we consider those who pay for the service and remain mindful of the costs involved. After very careful research, the new light at Godrevy Island is the most cost effective solution in this case."

7:01am 1st September 2012

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