PLANS to ring in the changes at an Anglesey lighthouse have been hailed as a "disaster" by the island's MP.

Proposals to replace the bell at the Penmon Point (Trwyn Du) lighthouse with a foghorn had struck discord with residents and visitors.

In August, the Chronicle covered the story as residents were objecting to plans by Trinity House to replace the doleful, bell, which chimes every 30 seconds, with an automated siren.

Following trials, residents had described the new warning as "atrocious" and sounding like a "prison alarm."

Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen is backing a campaign to keep the 'dulcet tones' of the historic bell in place, and says switching to the new hazard warning sends out the "wrong message."

Mr Owen said: "I visited Penmon and was reminded how beautiful this part of the Island is. With its iconic lighthouse and bell, amazing vistas and excellent cafe it is no wonder so many people flock here every year.

"Penmon is a peaceful, tranquil place and the soft tones of the bell complements the area's natural ambience.

"Trinity House has to listen to locals and non-locals' voices, who are deeply upset with their plans. The Island's tourism industry is rapidly growing, people from all over the world visit.

He added "We must protect our beauty spots and their traditional attractions. Replacing the 'Penmon Bell' with a loud, soulless foghorn would be a disaster."

"If the electronic mechanism is ageing and a little unreliable, then I suggest Trinity House carry out necessary maintenance to fix it or replace the mechanism.

"Trwyn Du lighthouse has proved itself over many years as a trusty beacon and a navigation aid, both reliable and effective, and will continue to do so if Trinity House carry out the necessary work."