They were hardly the Blackpool illuminations, but the strings of gay multi-coloured lights – looped between the lamp-standards on Penarth Esplanade – have now been disposed of .
The coloured “fairy-lights” – which gave a very traditional appearance to the Esplanade – have now been binned – apparently because they’re not energy-efficient and partly because coloured lights just aren’t considered fashionable anymore.
The old lights were taken down several days ago – giving a much bleaker look to the serried row of black “Victorian” lamp standards – which were never switched-on and remain devoid of the customary baskets of hanging baskets of flowers – even though it’s now mid May .
One passer-by wondered if the Vale Council would also now be insisting on a single uniform colour for the flowers in the baskets when – or if – they are ever re-installed .
Meanwhile the Vale Council has been constantly criticised for the lack of a properly-designed and coordinated lighting scheme on the sea front. The powerful sodium/mercury street-lights just drench everything in a flat monotone yellowish-orange and sap all the other colour out the night scene.
Local residents say the result is an unappealing mish-mash of lighting which does absolutely nothing to create an ambience for the Esplanade – even on a beautiful moonlit evening.
It’s not yet known whether Penarth Civic Society has been consulted on the new all-white fairy lights- which are due to be installed on Monday. There appears to have been no consultation with Penarth Town Council.