Light pollution

We are continuing to respond to complaints from the public in relation to light pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only essential visits will be conducted if safe to do so. Where possible we will contact individuals by email or phone; please provide these details when you make contact.

We are continuing with enforcement action where this is required and will liaise with the police where needed.

With the majority of complaints received we will be asking for diary sheets to be kept.

We would ask people to have consideration for their neighbours and those around you during the coming weeks.

We are all bothered from time to time by unwanted light from things like security lights or the permanent orange glow in our towns. The following information has been taken from the DEFRA guidance 'Statutory nuisance from insects and artificial light':

Artificial light nuisance may be, but is not necessarily, the same as light pollution. Artificial light nuisance is a source of light that in the opinion of a trained public health professional, who makes an assessment on a case by case basis, interferes with someone's use of their property, and / or is or might be prejudicial to someone's health. Light pollution could be defined as any form of artificial light which shines outside the area it needs to illuminate, including light that is directed above the horizontal into the night sky creating sky glow (which impedes our views of the stars), or which creates a danger by glare. Although light pollution might affect the aesthetic beauty of the night sky and interfere with astronomy, it is not necessarily also a statutory nuisance.

For more information see the following pages.