Green light for tower to be lit up

Plymouth’s Mount Batten Tower is the next landmark to have its moment in the permanent spotlight as part of a Council project to light up the city’s monuments.

Historic England has recently given the go-ahead for listed building consent to have LED lights installed around the tower of one the city’s oldest fortifications. They described the proposal as ‘beneficial for the presentation and public enjoyment of the monument’.

A set of 16 lights will be lighting up the walls of the 17th Century tower which stands on a knoll at Mount Batten looking across to the Citadel. The historic tower is a scheduled monument and takes its name from Captain William Batten, a commander in Cromwell’s Parliamentarian navy.

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of the Council said: “We have some amazing historical structures here in Plymouth and are determined to make the most of them.

“Our waterfront is attracting more visitors in the evening and at night and the whole area is becoming more active, with more cafes and restaurants opening later. As people look out to sea, or indeed as people visit the city from the sea, it will be lovely to see these stunning landmarks lit at night.”

Work will begin on the installation next month (Oct). The system is being designed so that the lights will be linked to Smeaton’s Tower and can operate in sequence.

It is hoped that the installations will be complete by November and details of switch-on events will follow.