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Gloucester to be illuminated by night... like Bruges

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Bruges' famous light illuminations

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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."

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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."

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 09 2014, 5:21PM

    The buildings in Bruges are worth illuminating. Gloucester city council have long been destroying many of our worthwhile ones in the name of progress, The Bell Inn being a prime example.

  • soldyroy  |  February 08 2014, 10:56PM

    you'll always get one or two cranks who have more money than sense who think it is ok to waste tax payers money on hair brained ideas!!!

  • meymey  |  February 08 2014, 10:04PM

    is this where our money goes ? http://tinyurl.com/qfrecgu

  • meymey  |  February 08 2014, 10:02PM

    .hate to say it Fred but i wont be rushing into the city to see it , by day or night

  • jas37  |  February 08 2014, 9:55PM

    This is a good idea, there are quite a few historic buildings that would benefit from appropriate lighting. Improving the street lighting in parts of the City centre would also have a positive affect, there's currently too much inconsistency. The evening footfall in Southgate street has clearly increased since the new Cinema and Restaurants at the Quays opened but the lighting of the walk between the two is inconsistent. The lighting in the area of the Barge Arm buildings is dim and patchy, this could easily be addressed by removing the baffles within the lamps (I don't understand why someone thought these baffles were needed). The lighting in Greyfriars Via Sacra is patchy and even in the Gate streets when lights fail it is often several months before their repaired.

  • soldyroy  |  February 08 2014, 8:46PM

    Another lunatic idea!!!

  • soldyroy  |  February 08 2014, 8:43PM

    Why not try and tidy it up, and develop it, rather than waste council tax highlighting how bad it really is!!! Once again our councillors looking for a photo shoot.....

  • SandraPee  |  February 08 2014, 3:41PM

    What's councillor Wood on ?!! Who's going to pay the extra electricity bill , I thought we were heading for more cuts in services .

  • jackson99  |  February 08 2014, 3:16PM

    Bruges has buildings worth illumination, but Gloucester is not Bruges. Just seem yet another crackpot idea from Gloucester Councellers. Plus the Council has recently annoced huge cuts in their budget and cuts in services.

  • Kay_Powell  |  February 08 2014, 1:56PM

    So now we're trying to make Gloucester 'appealing', just like Las Vegas ISN'T. If you like Las Vegas, Councillor Wood, then go and live there, and we'll be rid of you and your stupid ideas. Gloucester needs to compete with Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford and perhaps Bristol, so let's be realistic and find out what is really putting people off. Try doing something about the dim lighting along parts of the Greyfriars via sacra.

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