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Community remain opposed to St John’s Point Lighthouse proposals - Hazzard

19 August, 2018 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said that controversial proposals to refurbish St John’s Point Lighthouse would diminish the unique heritage of the area.

Speaking following a community protest at the lighthouse, the South Down MP said:

“For 150 years the iconic sweeping beam from St John’s Point Lighthouse has been a fundamental part of life for those of us who live and work in East Down.

“The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) current proposals to alter this beam as a result of their planned refurbishments of the lighthouse are unacceptable and are therefore opposed by both heritage campaigners and the local community.

“We have unfortunately seen CIL’s modernisation policy diminish the unique character of Irish lighthouses in recent years as a trail of destruction has been left in their wake.

“Recent problems at Tory Island, Mew Island and Fastnet are a timely reminder as to why we must not tamper with the special heritage at St John’s.

“The message remains the same - leave our light alone!”

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