Skeleton seafront lights for summer


SOME decorative lights should be switched on along Bognor Regis seafront by the end of this month.

Volunteers from Bognor Regis Seafront Lights have decided to provide a skeleton illuminations display for the summer.

They hope to have the existing illuminations lit up by May 31. But the displays will be minimal compared to previous years because of the delays caused by installing new lighting.

This means new columns on which the displays are mounted will not be going in until September.

Seafront lights chairman Jason Passingham said: “All our worst fears have been realised.

“We knew that there would be complications with this scheme from the very outset, which is why we tried to initiate a discussion with West Sussex County Council and SSE nearly four years ago so any problems and delays could be mitigated.

“When all is said and done, we are where we are, and because we don’t want to leave the seafront in total darkness this season, especially with extra interest in the illuminations gala, we are going to try to arrange to turn on those displays still in situ by May 31.”

The lights are traditionally turned on the week before Easter but the lights group delayed the event this year because new lighting columns being organised by the county council were due to be in place.

These would allow improvements to the decorative lights to be carried out in time for an early summer switch on.

However, it has been revealed the council’s partner, SSE, has only recently ordered new columns for Bognor Regis Town Council’s heritage lighting along Marine Drive West. They will take 12 weeks to make and a further seven to install.

Mr Passingham said the lighting group had only carried out basic maintenance and removed outdated equipment ready for new lighting to go on the new columns. The work was lined up for this spring but had now been put on hold.