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New Weymouth Lights

Published at 7:37am 14th August 2018. (Updated at 7:50pm 14th August 2018)

Councillors have approved the new seafront lighting scheme for Weymouth.

They were given a private demonstration of what the new lights would do earlier this month.

The team behind the design say its been altered after feedback from public consultations.

A majority of members of the Management Committee have this morning approved the design.

The scheme will see 30 columns go up along the promenade.

New Seafront Lights Weymouth Column

There were strong views expressed by councillors during the meeting.



The scheme has been designed by award winning design studio Tonkin Liu in conjunction with W&PBC engineers, and incorporates community feedback from two rounds of extensive consultation facilitated by Dorset Coast Forum and Bounce Back Arts CIC.

It will now be drawn up into a formal planning application, to be heard by Planning Committee later this Autumn.

Project Co-ordinator for the Dorset Coastal Connections Portfolio Natalie Poulter said;

'We're delighted that this project has been approved by Management Committee today. This scheme will be unique to Weymouth and will improve the atmosphere on the promenade, making it welcoming and attractive; we're pleased councillors can see this potential. We've listened carefully to the community throughout and have altered the proposed display as a result of what we've heard - the approved scheme shows warm, gently moving colour, which is as light as possible with minimal darkness, which reflects the preferences and concerns people talked to us about.'

Cllr Richard Kosior Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said; "

Today members took a step forward in supporting this innovative lighting project, which celebrates the rhythms and colours of our beautiful Bay. Weymouth is a historic town with a rich heritage, but it also has a future. This scheme gives the town an exciting opportunity to embrace this future."

Today's Management Committee decision is subject to a 5 day call-in period, and will be finalised next week. The decision to approve this project means it is on schedule, subject to obtaining planning consent, to be completed in Spring 2019.

The Weymouth Promenade Artistic Lighting Scheme is part of Dorset Coastal Connections, a portfolio of 18 connected projects which aim to improve physical, digital and emotional connections to the coast in Dorset, supporting and growing the local economy.

Dorset Coastal Connections is a partnership portfolio supported by the Coastal Communities Fund; Weymouth's proposed artistic lighting scheme is 100% funded by this grant.

For further information on the Weymouth Promenade Artistic Lighting scheme and all the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio seewww.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk


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