Turn off street lights at midnight, says councillor
THE street lights in Sonning Common should be switched off at midnight, says a
THE street lights in Sonning Common should be switched off at midnight, says a parish councillor.
Jane Diwell made the suggestion as the parish council discussed negotiations over a new street lighting contract after a break clause in the contract with current supplier Scottish and South Energy was activated.
She said: “As an astronomer, I detest street lighting. I would love them to be turned off at midnight.”
County councillor David Bartholomew said that rural light pollution was one of his personal bugbears but added: “Having said that, you have a body of people with safety concerns demanding they’re on. Whatever position you take you’re going to upset somebody.”
South Oxfordshire district councillor Paul Harrison said that when he was on the parish council an experiment was carried out with turning the street lights off at 11pm.
Meanwhile, Sonning Common’s annual parish meeting will take place at the village hall in Wood Lane on May 9.
The guest speakers are Councillors Bartholomew and Harrison, who will discuss proposals to re-organise local government in Oxfordshire.