Pennie Varvarides 28 April 2014

Councils urged to tackle light pollution

Councils urged to tackle light pollution image

Councils could save hundreds of thousands of pounds a year by dimming their streetlights, a report published today suggests.

The research from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) found almost half of councils surveyed were running dimming schemes in their area – typically between midnight and 5am. These were found to be preferable over switch-off schemes by communities, with 68% of respondents saying local communities had been supportive.

Streetlighting in England costs councils around £616m per year and can account for up to 30% of their carbon emissions. The report, Shedding Light, suggest that by controlling streetlights, councils are able to save money on energy bills, while also reducing light pollution and cutting carbon.

‘Darkness at night is part of what makes the countryside unique, but fewer than two thirds of councils in England are seeking to minimise the impact of bad lighting despite changes to planning laws which encourage them to do so,’ states CPRE.

CPRE is calling for councils to do more to control lighting in their areas. ‘We urge councils to do more to control lighting in their areas, and ensure that the right lighting is used only where and when it is needed,’ said Emma Marrington, CPRE dark skies campaigner.

‘We often hear concerns that changing streetlighting can impact on public safety but our research revealed no evidence to support this.’

The report makes eight recommendations, including: allocating lighting zones to help determine where streetlights should and should not go; and preventing inappropriate and badly designed development that masks views of the night sky.

‘Genuine dark starry nights are becoming harder and harder to find, which is why councils should take action to control it now,’ Marrington concluded.

Highways jobs

Casual Lifeguard

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 3 - £9.29 per hour
It's exciting times at Riverside Leisure Centre with a brand new centre set to open in Spring 2019 and we need you to get on board and help us make... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Director of Operations (Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care)

Slough Children's Services Trust
circa £100k p.a.
As a qualified social worker, you will have significant experience of managing statutory social work delivery at a senior level. Slough, Berkshire
Recuriter: Slough Children's Services Trust

Deputy Director Children’s Social Care

City of Bradford MDC
£96,603 - £102,287
Our new Deputy Director will play a pivotal role in leading the department through a major improvement journey.  Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Educational Psychologist - 2 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£44,563- £48,223
If you are a trainee in your final year or an experienced EP who is looking for a new opportunity we would love to hear from you. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Planning Enforcement Officer

Brent Council
£29,241 – £38,799 p.a. inc
Do you have a degree or recognised post graduate qualification in planning or a science/environmental subject? Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine