LET there be light - on top of Castle Hill!
The lantern at the top of the Victoria Tower has been replaced - months after Kirklees were quoted £900 to change the bulb which had blown.
The bulb in the lantern, hit by lightning three times in recent years, had previously been changed by the council’s building services team.
The operation, which involved strapping ladders to the outside of the turret wall, had been ruled “unsafe” by health and safety officials, who ordered that scaffolding was needed.
The council had asked outside companies to quote for replacing the bulb – and were told they would charge “close to £900”.
However, rather than just replacing the bulb the council have now replaced the entire unit at a cost of £3856.
In a statement, the council said the new unit is a low maintenance LED light which has low running costs and meets modern day aviation regulations - with the top of the tower standing at 997ft above sea level.
The original lantern was erected for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 but had suffered over the years due to weather conditions.
The original light was only planned to be in place for a year but it was left in place due to public demand.
Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration, said: “Many people contacted us to ask what had happened to the tower light so the decision was taken to replace it.
"The new light is more energy efficient than its predecessor and only uses the equivalent of a 40 watt bulb. It is expected to have a life between 15 to 20 years.”
The aircraft warning light is red and made of die cast aluminium with a powder coated finish, light weight, waterproof, shockproof and corrosion resistant with a polycarbonate dome.