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Martello Tower to enjoy the limelight

Sunday 20 August 2017

Martello Tower to enjoy the limelight

First Tower Community Association has proposed a new floodlighting rig to brighten up the Martello Tower.

It is proposed that a low-energy lighting system will be used to illuminate First Tower’s Martello Tower.

The lights’ colours can be changed when required, but it is suggested that, for most of the time, the tower will be lit with white coloured LEDs.

This proposal has been made to complement the recent planting scheme by the Community Association. There are also plans to include a historical information board next to the tower. 

Funds for this bright idea have already been raised by the Community Association, with the support of the Parish of St Helier. The project is still subject to planning permission and will need the approval of the Historic Buildings Officer. 


District Deputy Andrew Lewis, who has been liaising with Jersey Energy and the Parish to bring about this project, said: “This ancient monument has been somewhat neglected for many years. It is the gateway to both the community of First Tower and St Helier. Thousands of people walk or drive past it without always noticing it is there. Our plan is to bring the tower back to life with light and colour.”

Ted Vibert (pictured), Chairman of the Community Association, said: “This is a great community initiative, that not only brightens up the area but also regenerates one of the island’s many Martello Towers emphasising their historic significance. Our thanks must go to Jersey Energy, DFI and the Parish of St Helier for their enthusiastic assistance."

Picture: Google Maps.


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