Councils in England are being urged to adjust their street lighting in a bid to reduce light pollution. The move could save councils hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, according to research from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), writes lighting.co.uk.
Less than two thirds of councils in England are seeking to minimise the impact of bad lighting, the report found – despite changes to planning laws encouraging them to do so.
CPRE’s report, Shedding Light – a survey of local authority approaches to lighting in England [PDF], found over a third of councils had no policy in place to help them control light pollution.
When assessing development or highway lighting plans, over two thirds of councils said energy efficiency was the most important factor.