A local community group is urging council to designate a lighthouse in the county as historical.
Marc Sequin, the executive director of Save our Lighthouses addressed Prince Edward County Council on Thursday afternoon during their committee of the whole meeting.
He asked council to designate the Salmon Point Lighthouse as historical.
Councillor Steve Ferguson is a member of the Prince Edward Historical Advisory Committee and says this has been ongoing to this committee since at least 2015.
The lighthouse is located on private property.
The owners have been contacted but no response has been sent back to the Save our Lighthouses group or PEHAC.
Sequin says he’s hoping, with council’s recommendation, to designate the property historically significant as it will help provide some protection and preservation for the lighthouse.
He says the Salmon Point Lighthouse was constructed with the first land life-saving station in the area.
Sequin says it’s constructed in a pepper box style with an attached keeper’s residence.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1917 and has been in private hands since.
He called the lighthouse a landmark and a link to the area’s marine heritage.
Councillor Gordon Fox wanted to know what the responsibility would be of the property owners if the lighthouse were to be designated historical by council.
Sequin told council the owners would not be able to alter any historical attributes or anything of historical significance without council’s approval and that includes demolition.
A motion was put forth to have the recommendation from the Heritage Advisory Committee in regards to the Salmon Point Lighthouse be brought forward to their next council meeting for consideration.
The motion was approved and will appear at their June 12 meeting.