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by Colin Henshaw
Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

Dave,

You shouldn't have to do that. You have a perfect right to carry out a legitimate activity (astronomical observation) from the safety and security of your back yard.

Installing street lights outside your home without your consent is totally out of order.
by Colin Henshaw
Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:31 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

Light At Night PROMOTES Crime - Dunmow Broadcast & Recorder. The Dunmow Broadcaster made the statement that crime substantially increased when town lights were turned off after midnight, BUT THEN HAD TO RETRACT this bit of creative unchecked journalism when local police statistics showed that CRIME ...
by Colin Henshaw
Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

A, Yes, hopefully the cost of energy will become so expensive that these locally authorities will be forced to turn of the lighting when it is no longer needed, indeed if most of it needed in the first place. As for security, one is better off under a blanket of darkness. For one thing the criminal ...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:48 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

Matt, If we don't stand up and be counted, then yes, it will be a losing battle. The Campaign for Dark Skies is trying to redress these issues. Light Pollution and the twenty-four hour day is a serious environmental issue with ramifications that go way and beyond astronomy. Thousands of cities world...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

A, They are my own recommendations based on personal experience. The anecdotal evidence I have gleaned from others who have lived in dark rural villages, is that once street lighting has been installed, crime rates increase. Most crime occurs in daylight ergo criminals need light. Street lighting en...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

Joe, Many thanks for your message. There is plenty of evidence now for the fact the street lighting does not reduce crime. In a recent power failure in aukland, New Zealand, the police chief commented that criminality dropped almost to zero. My own personal experience of Dhaka in Bangladesh. While l...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting
Replies: 83
Views: 45762

The Use and Abuse of Street Lighting

THE USE AND ABUSE OF STREET LIGHTING It should be pointed out that: a) Street lighting does not reduce crime. It has the effect of making people behave at night more as they would do during the day, so areas that are intensively lit will have a higher crime rate. Does it come as any surprise, then, ...
by Colin Henshaw
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:39 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Dark Sky any where near London?
Replies: 6
Views: 6212

Observing sites in London

During the early 1970's I lived in Manor Park, and I used to observe on Wanstead Golf Course.

If there are any golf courses nearby you might be able to use them. Have a quiet word with a club official.

When I lived in Woodford Green I used a local cricket ground.
by Colin Henshaw
Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:32 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Buckinghamshire-Lighting
Replies: 6
Views: 4595

Dark skies, bright streets

What I want is the right not to have street lighting outside my property. It doesn't matter if it is full cut-off or not; if it shines on my property I don't want it. The removal of one or two lights from outside a property where it is not wanted will not make any difference in an area that is alrea...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Re-siting street lights and the provision of keys and switch
Replies: 0
Views: 2121

Re-siting street lights and the provision of keys and switch

I read somewhere on this this site that a local council was prepared to re-site street lights or provide keys so a street light could be switched of when required. I'd like to know which council this was, as the policy is very forward thinking, and should be available throughout the country. Anyone ...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Buckinghamshire-Lighting
Replies: 6
Views: 4595

Street lighting and crime

Gary, The crime figures would go down. Most crime occurs in daylight, ergo criminals need light. Street lighting encourages people to behave more at night as they would during the day. Consequently those areas with the highest crime rates are also those that are the most intensively lit. It is well ...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: light polluting neighbour
Replies: 34
Views: 29659

Inconsiderate neighbour

In my opinion this is clearly a violoation of the Clean Areas and Neigbouhoods Act 2005.

Mediation has failed and you have been humiliated. Your next course of action is to report it to the local council to get some redress.
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Whats the problem?!
Replies: 40
Views: 19515

What's the problem?

What's the problem? It's a BIG problem. Light pollution is an insidious form of pollution that does not just annoy astronomers. The astronomers were like the caged canaries that were once used in mines to detect carbon monoxide and methane. Because they were affected by it they were the first to com...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Black Night
Replies: 12
Views: 6681

Snowdonia

The Altrincham and District Astronomical Society (outside Manchester) often used to travel to Llyn Brenig. The sky there was actually quite dark, but to the north east one could still see an intense glow from Liverppol and Manchester. In 1974 I was able to detect Dublin from Cemaes Bay in Anglesey. ...
by Colin Henshaw
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Light pollution
Topic: Daily Mail today. Please vote!
Replies: 16
Views: 9119

Daily Mail

What I've read here is very disturbing. I also attempted to post on this site (at least three times) to no avail. Meanwhile I publicised it round local astronomical societies, and it was mentioned on the CfDS forum as well. No-one in the CfDS or in the societies I contacted had their comments posted...