Pilots flying above the Holme Valley have been issued with warnings  after lights on the region’s highest-lying radio mast went out.

But those living around Holme Moss Transmitting Station needn’t worry about planes plunging into the hillside – or the 228m mast.

The lights on the mast, used by pilots to navigate at night, failed some weeks ago according to neighbours.

Arqiva, which owns the tower, yesterday confirmed a contractor would be coming to fix the fault.

The company, which also owns Emley Moor Mast, contacted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which in turn has notified pilots.

 

A CAA spokesman said: “We’ve been informed and we’ve issued a Notice to Airmen (Notam) to let pilots know that this mast is unlit.

“We will issue an update when it is fixed. Before a pilot takes off they have to check Notams so they will be aware.

“It’s a minor inconvenience rather than a danger. Also leisure pilots don’t tend to fly at night.”“It’s in hand and we will be working with the engineers and will keep pilots updated.”

The base of the Holme Moss radio mast, which serves Yorkshire, Derbyshire and some of Greater Manchester, stands at 524m above sea level.

Holme Moss mast in the snows of December 2012
Holme Moss mast in the snows of December 2012
 

This means the top of the mast is 752m above sea level, creating a potential hazard for aircraft at night.

By law, any structure above 150m must be illuminated after dark.

Holme Moss Transmitting Station opened in 1951.

Today it transmits digital and analogue broadcasts, mostly for the BBC.

While the mast is designed to serve the North of England, transmissions can be picked up in the Isle of Man and Ireland.