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Lewes castle

On 6 Dec 2014 at 8:49pm Darkness wrote:
why is the castle not illuminated at night?
On 6 Dec 2014 at 10:11pm Fred wrote:
Someone has to pay for it, who pays, who has the money....
On 6 Dec 2014 at 10:24pm Ben wrote:
I reckon 10000 watts of light would do it justice. That's less than 2 quid an hour. So lit for 5 hours a night would be about 70 quid a week. I suggest it should be on a pay as you go meter, with the slot located outside the gate, anyone who wants it lit can contribute. If for example you were having a party in the paddock you could go stick a tenner in the meter and have a magic backdrop. This way, folks who can't see it don't need to pay. It could be set up to go off at midnight and any surplus funds carried forward, it would probably make a profit overall as I would happily stick some loose change in every time I walked past just for the pleasure of others. What do you think folks?
On 6 Dec 2014 at 10:52pm Fred wrote:
Great idea. But who needs to approve the project to install kit etc. and who will pay the setup costs?.
On 6 Dec 2014 at 11:15pm edtheplumber wrote:
I think darkness at night is a good thing. on a simple note, it is night- so it should be dark.
More importantly; I haven't seen the milky way since being in England. This can't be good for future astronomers.
Why not turn off all night illumination? People will drive slower, be more cautious and behave as though it is night.
On 6 Dec 2014 at 11:19pm Night Light wrote:
They used to, not sure why not anymore.
On 7 Dec 2014 at 8:55am nevillman wrote:
I think the idea of the meter is brilliant and it could easily include a small additional charge to recoup installation charges.
The effect on the viewing of the milky way would be marginal. Sadly there is just too much light from London and other towns to see it from anywhere in the south east. Even if you walk along the south downs and find a really quiet and dark spot you won't see it.
On 7 Dec 2014 at 3:15pm Some lights please wrote:
I agree. It would look great and very festive. I must say, Lewes is looking pretty poor when it comes to the festive season. Other towns in the area, Seaford and Eastbourne have some lovely Xmas lights around their town. Why can't LDC get into the festive spirit? Is it because Lewes is so hung up on bonfire night that it forgets to celebrate Christmas?
On 7 Dec 2014 at 4:07pm bastian wrote:
maybe they are taking on board the National Park's idea of becoming a dark skies area.
On 7 Dec 2014 at 4:55pm Historian wrote:
Bloody dark at midnight round here !! ridiculous them blaming it on the deficit, when Europe now having a space program. Nigel will sort it out !! Mars indeed ! Cant light a street !!!
On 7 Dec 2014 at 10:57pm Lighthouse Family wrote:
I'm sure that on my last visit to the castle, they had floodlights set up with a plaque stating that they were donated, can't remember by who, will check on next visit. I have seen photos of it with lights on at night too and it looks lovely. Please turn your lights on Lewes Castle!
On 7 Dec 2014 at 11:05pm P.Simon wrote:
Hello darkness my old friend ---I`m on the forum once again
On 9 Dec 2014 at 3:50pm Enry wrote:
I have been told that the wiring for the lights is substandard and to upgrade means digging up the High St for
which there is little appetite or funds.
On 9 Dec 2014 at 7:54pm Twinkle wrote:
I used to live in a flat which backed on to the castle about 25 years ago. It was always illuminated in the evenings from Thursday to Sunday and it was truly lovely!

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