Following a site inspection last month, our Building Control team advised the Orfordness Lighthouse Company that the structure was in a dangerous condition due to exposed foundations on the entrance porch and a void between the base of these foundations and the ground. In order to remove this danger, the owners were advised to demolish the entrance porch and secure the access into the main lighthouse building.
Officers advised that the main lighthouse was a potentially dangerous structure and consideration should be given to its long-term future. However, officers did not feel the main lighthouse was in immediate danger and due to its remote location, it was not felt there were any safety risks to the public. Therefore, the Council has not issued a notice for its demolition.
The decision to demolish the lighthouse at this time has been taken solely by the owners and is not being ordered by East Suffolk Council.
It is sad to see such a historic feature disappear from our coastline however it is not unexpected. Our Building Control team will continue to liaise with the owners to ensure appropriate action is taken.