Council Responds To Concerns Over Innovation Centre Lights

Porthmellon Innovation Centre NightThe Council says leaving lights on all night and every night at their new Porthmellon Innovation Centre isn’t using much electricity.

They’ve responded after one islander complained that the former wholesaler building is, “lit up like a Christmas tree” and creating unnecessary light pollution.

Mark Prebble, who has a business on the Industrial Estate, has also questioned why, “all the outside lights are blazing away.”

We contacted the Town Hall on 20th October. Yesterday they responded and told us that external lights have been incorporated into the development to allow safe and secure 24-hour access to the building.

They say the LED bulbs consume less than 1 unit of electricity per night and the photovoltaic roof cells have generated more than 5500 kWh of electricity since installation.

The Council press statement claims that the energy is used to power the building and has saved the Council over £100.



8 Responses to Council Responds To Concerns Over Innovation Centre Lights

  1. Bill Weaver November 21, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I assume Scilly won’r be applying for Dark Sky Park status then ( but who’s interested in tourists ) …..

  2. Lights are on, but no ones home November 21, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Just because a resource is cheap doesn’t make it right to be profligate with it. Councils are supposed to set examples if they wish to be taken seriously as community leaders. If people are working in the building at night I am sure they will be capable of turning a light on. This policy doesn’t make any sense, and is just light pollution for no good reason. I suppose on the upside though with no one in the units to use all the electric being generated at least the building will be bringing in some income.

    • Algernon November 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

      I wonder if the cost per kilowatt installed could be considered the highest in the country?
      Most people put them on the roof but our glorious council constructs a whole empty building just to support them!

  3. RogerP November 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Lets ensure that anyone walking through the town late at night cannot see any hazards and we have many on the pavements.Then ensure anyone that might wander down the trading estate can see okay. The town lights were turned off to save money but its okay to waste money when it suits them.

  4. meme November 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Just because solar panels are on a building it is hardly an excuse to leave the lights on all night – what a pathetic excuse and what is £100 saving to a Council that spends and spends and overspends!!!! Peanuts.

  5. maggiemay November 20, 2015 at 8:56 am

    What on earth is happening to this island? Every time new buildings are erected, up and on go more lights, as is the case with Porthcressa. So much for clear skies, sadly not the case anymore on St. Mary’s; no longer are the stars (when we do have clear night skies) visible. Constant light pollution through the nights now, what with Kiers on the quay etc. I surpose the solar panels are giving the Council excuses for the lights to remain on all night. How things have changed since the new Management team at the Town Hall have taken over. Not for the better.

  6. Soutie November 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Rename it ‘The Illumination Centre’ to reflect its newfound purpose!

  7. Jenny November 19, 2015 at 11:39 am

    You could make it up could you. I despair. Why can’t the lights be activated as and when the night time cohort of industrial workers and entrepreneurs coming in and out of the building require them. So much for our night time star watching.