Dear Sunderland City Council,
Can you please let me know why the lights are not turned on to illuminate Penshaw Monument at night anymore . It is one of the most iconic symbols of the area . I seem to remember that new cost effective lights were going to be installed , did this go a head ?
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Dear Mark Bell
I refer to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. I can confirm that the Council does hold this
information, as detailed below.
Can you please let me know why the lights are not turned on to
illuminate Penshaw Monument at night anymore . It is one of the most
iconic symbols of the area . I seem to remember that new cost effective
lights were going to be installed , did this go ahead ?
It was intended to commence works in April last year with the installation
of new energy efficient colour change LED lighting around the monument,
however planning approval, National Trust (the land and monument owners)
approvals and the availability of the contractor's resources resulted in
significant delays. Limited works involving the removal of the existing
lights were carried out in December 2014.
The next stage of the installation works, has been delayed due to the bad
weather as the ground conditions make it extremely difficult to drive
plant up the hill without damaging the ground or risking the health and
safety of the contractor's operatives. Once the ground conditions are more
receptive to their machinery and it is safe to do so, installation works
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