Hope for lighthouse stripes as firm offers to carry out work

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THE CAMPAIGN to save the Beachy Head Lighthouse stripes has been given a boost with the news a local firm has offered to repaint the iconic red and white stripes.

Sussex Blast Cleaning, based in Hailsham, says it will put in a tender to carry out the repainting job at the tower, which is in desperate need of a facelift.

The firm, based on the Station Road Industrial Estate, has looked at the detailed specifications and says it is more than qualified to carry out the work and it also has experience of painting lighthouses.

Martin Griffin from the company said, “We are a local company which specialises in the preparation and coating of many structures and have worked on lighthouses before including Newhaven and Belle Tout.

“We are also well practised in the use of the Hempel Paints products and would like the opportunity to price for this work as it is local to us and we would carry out this work on a cost basis. We have looked through the specification and would have no problem carrying this work out as required. I also personally know the Beachy Head Lighthouse and area very well.”

The Save the Beachy Head Lighthouse Stripes campaign group is still raising money for the repaint job – likely to cost around £25,000 – and the paint has already been donated in a deal struck with Brewers Painting and Decorating Specialists in Eastbourne and Hempel Paints.

Trinity House, which owns the light tower but cannot justify the cost of repainting it, is in talks with Mr Griffin.

So far almost £3,000 has been donated to the fundraising campaign and organisers are also applying for funding and urging people to donate

Shirley Moth from the campaign group said, “Since we launched the campaign in October we have had a lot of support and positive feedback, but this alone cannot save the stripes.

“We need donations, no matter how small as they all add up and will help us keep our iconic lighthouse in its red and white finery.”

Donations can be made via Paypal or through any branch of NatWest. People can also drop donations into Arlington Road Medical Practice, PST Travel in Grove Road or the Eastbourne Herald offices in Lismore Road.

Further details are at www.keepthebeachyheadlighthousestripes.org.uk.