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There are far too many streetlights on all night in the centre of Cholsey outside my house. Yet again I’ve been awake since 4am because of this ridiculously wasteful light pollution. I see that other councils (Essex, Hampshire) are turning off streetlights at night. Can I make a plea that you either turn them off completely after midnight, or at least reduce the number or the brightness? What is the point of them now? Cars have headlights, pedestrians have phones and most nights moonlight and/or starlight is adequate to see your way around. Think of the money you’d save, even if saving the planet isn’t a priority! Yours sincerely Catherine Fellows

Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 05:18, Sunday 5 April 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

There are far too many super bright streetlights on all night in the centre of Cholsey outside my house. Yet again I’ve been awake since 4am because of this ridiculously wasteful light pollution. I see that other councils (Essex, Hampshire) are turning off streetlights at night. Can I make a plea that you either turn them off completely after midnight, or at least reduce the number or the brightness? What is the point of them now? Cars have headlights, pedestrians have phones and most nights moonlight and/or starlight is adequate to see your way around. Crime deterrent? I doubt... Think of the money you’d save, even if saving the planet isn’t a priority! Yours sincerely Catherine Fellows

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  • Many thanks for the email and sorry that the lighting is causing issue. The lighting in Cholsey would have been designed to the British standard ensuring the correct levels are lighting the highway. This is used to light the junctions, ensure bus routes are lit correctly and to ensure the safe visibility of pedestrians from road users. We will be implementing dimming to the LED lighting , the LED lighting also lowers our energy output significantly. To turn lights off completely this would need to be consulted through the parish with local residents involved but we wouldn't be able to turn them off in areas of bus routes, significant junctions and where pedestrians would need to cross. If there is a particular light(s) causing issue we are happy to look into this for you. Any queries feel free to contact any time.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 13:20, Tuesday 7 April 2020

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