Weymouth promenade lighting to be temporarily switched off
The Town Council has been advised that the anticipated completion date of the works to relocate the control system components into the refurbished control office has been delayed. This is due to continuing social distancing constraints on site combined with continuing difficulties with the material supply chain. The works are likely to be completed by the end of the month.
The new promenade colour changing LED lighting and the laser lighting will not be operating from 2nd July until 17th July while the control system components are moved back into the refurbished beach office.
Temporary measures were made to control the lights and allow them to function during the beach office redevelopment.
The lighting scheme consisting of 28 computer-controlled LED strips launched at the end of 2019. The lights are situated along the promenade between the Pier Bandstand and the Pavilion, lighting up Weymouth bay with a series of lighting programmes inspired by the local community.
The lighting artwork amplifies the natural rhythms of Weymouth; programmed using an astronomical clock, the lights turn on for 30 minutes each morning in time with the rising sun, and then turn on again in the evening in time with the setting of the sun. After the sunset, the lights then remain on until 11:30pm in the winter and 1am in the summer, and cycle through 10 unique active scenes that celebrate the elements and activities of Weymouth, with gentle ambient scenes in-between.
The Weymouth Promenade Artistic Lighting Scheme is part of Dorset Coastal Connections, a portfolio of 18 connected projects along the Dorset coast coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The projects aim to improve physical, digital, and emotional connections to the Dorset coast and provide good quality public areas for residents and visitors.
The Council looks forward to the lighting being operational again in time for the summer holidays so that they can once again be enjoyed by the community, and by tourists who are being welcomed back to the area providing that they respect and protect their surroundings.