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Iconic birds are now lighting up night sky
11:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A PAIR of giant buzzards at the foot of the Malvern Hills are now even harder to miss as they are being lit up for all to see.
Malvern Town Council has spent just under £1,500 installing new energy-efficient LED lighting around the eyecatching statue in Rosebank Gardens.
The iconic birds are now being lit up every evening from dusk until midnight.
The decision was taken following a heated debate at the town council earlier this year.
Some members were concerned it could be distracting fordriverspassing along nearby Wells Road and that it would be an unnecessary expense at a time when energy-saving is high on the national agenda.
But others including Coun Hannah Campbell, who proposed the motion, said requests to light the statue had come from residents themselves.
She said the buzzards had become a “main attraction of the town” and that every effort should be made to promote the statue to as many people as possible – including evening crowds coming to visit Malvern Theatre.
Malvern’s mayor Julian Roskams said: “I think it’s been well thought through and I definitely support the lighting up.
“They have been a huge success, already one of Malvern’s main landmarks.”
Lyndsey Davies, the town council’s operations and events officer, said: “We have had lots of compliments about the buzzards andI think it will be in the winter that we see the biggest impact of lighting them up. Once we get to September and October and the nights start to draw in it will look really striking.”
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