PLANS to light up our historic sites in Gloucester are on the cards to help the city come to life at night.
The Old Bell pub, in Southgate Street, will be one of the first buildings to be lit up with ambient lighting.
City councillor Fred Wood, cabinet member for performance and resources, said: "If you look at Las Vegas at day it is not nearly as appealing as Las Vegas by night.
"I am not saying we should became Glosvegas but lighting is very important. If you go to Bruges, people visit the city at night to see it lit up. It gives people another reason to come into the city."
It's a move welcomed by Gloucester's Civic Trust. Member Hugh Worsnip said: "We welcome it with open arms, it's an idea we've floated before and we are all for Gloucester's historic buildings being lit up.
"It also adds an element of security for people too."
He said the Trust has been saving up and will be applying for grants to light St Michael's Tower.
More buildings in the Southgate Street conservation area will get the same treatment – but former street lighting along Eastgate Street was likened to the 'harsh lighting of a prison yard' by Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton at a meeting on Wednesday.
Those lights have since been replaced. Councillor Jennie Dallimore, chairman of the Nightsafe committee, said: "If people do not feel safe, that will impact on who comes here."