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Making Waves


Various sections of the community were consulted at appropriate stages throughout the commissioning process.

Making Waves was commissioned by Teignmouth Town Council.


The replacement of the Christmas lights came under discussion at two meetings of the Teignmouth Town Centre Steering Group held in June and October at Teignmouth Town Council. The Steering Group included representatives of the town's Hotels and Caterers Association, Chamber of Commerce, Business Professional Ladies Association, Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and Teignmouth Town Council.


An effective method of public consultation was developed by Teignbridge District Council during public consultation over renewal of the seafront lights. A physical display of possible solutions for these was mounted in December 1995 and January 1996, giving local people an opportunity to understand and hence decide upon the issues.


Ray Smith showed a range of proposed designs for the new lighting displays during the popular Teignmouth Arts Festival in May 1996, and public responses helped refined the designs for the final submission to the Arts Council.


Three prototype lighting spans, each using different technology and with different visual effects were displayed in the town for several weeks over Christmas 1997. A survey printed in the local free newspaper was endorsed by a town centre survey carried out by Town Councillors.


Business and private interests in the four streets were consulted in January in order to identify the implications for them and to give them the opportunity to comment on any potential threat to the quality of their environment.

In November, commercial and residential owners of suitable buildings in the four streets where the lighting was to be installed were approached for their agreement to fix the lighting spans and associated equipment to their buildings. In only a tenth of cases was a payment for way leave necessary.