We had the following email over the weekend from someone who lives near Asda:
From my house, I can see 9 streetlights, all within a distance of 15 yards from my property. On top of this the ASDA service yard has its service yard lights on all night, every night.
My concerns here are thus:
1. Why are there so many street lights in this development?
2. Why does the ASDA store need its yard lights on all night? It’s not like they are receiving deliveries!
3. Why can the Leisure Centre not turn its carpark lights off when the centre closes, instead of (approx) 2 hours later?
4. In an age when councils and government are coming up with initiatives to force the population to think green, why is it that the carbon footprint and light pollution produced by an abundance of street lighting is not being considered?
The over use of street lighting in new developments has increased in recent years (the last development I lived in had 2 street lights for each of the 24 houses and each garage had an external light fitted with a dusk to dawn sensor) , yet no council (that I know off) seems to have taken on board, that extra lights require extra power, extra power requires more output from power stations, this then ultimately results in a contribution to the global warming problem.
The council are putting pressure on us to recycle, turn off lights and TVs when not in use etc, but who exactly is putting pressure on the council and businesses to do the same thing?
Any advice or information on the councils stance on cutting local carbon emissions, or who I can contact to get a point across would be appreciated.
We’ll be raising these points with the district council, but does anyone else have any thoughts on this?