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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:38 am 
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Lancashire County Council has had its government funding cut to the point that borough councils are considering turning off the street lighting at certain times of the day. :D
Good as this news might be for we skywatchers, it doesn't deal with the problem of lighting from private sources, in fact, it might aggravate it. People might decide to install more of their own lighting to make up for the loss of municipal lighting.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:19 pm 
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I hope it dose happen as it will be good to see the stars as there ment to be especially round earby area

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:52 am 
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"Lancashire County Council has had its government funding cut to the point that borough councils are considering turning off the street lighting at certain times of the day."
or preferably certain times of the "night"!! English does seen rather deficient in a clear word for "Rotation of the Earth - a Day" and the somewhat different "Day - as opposed to night"! Saying that, of course, it is not unusual to find a streetlight on during the hours of daylight! regards maf


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:57 pm 
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I think they should in some areas as the need for lights are daft as there no traffic after a certain time or why not have all the street lights on but just a few scatted here and there where needed

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:04 pm 
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In the local TV news today:

"The street lights in Harlow are to come back on overnight after being switched off to save money"

Apparently the residents of Harlow will pay additional Council Tax to cover the cost of keeping lights on all night. Essex Council say they will do the same for any other Councils that wish raise the tax and pay.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-34582371

A taste of things to come? :cry:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:53 am 
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A bit unfortunate if you do not want street lights on all night and have to pay extra for something you want to do without! Unfortunately the invention of the "24hr open-day" in the towns is surely the main problem. When the shops closed at tea-time and the evening venues closed by midnight, the last bus was about 11pm and the streets were deserted in the early hours, with only the occasional night-worker driving to or from work or milkman on his rounds pre dawn. If you missed the last bus (and the use of taxis was considered an expensive extravagance), you could still get home by walking along the almost empty main roads. In the summer the streetlights went out 1am BST and if you were not home by then you really were in the dark! regards maf


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:20 pm 
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Some of us remember gas lamps on all the side streets and sodium vapour on the mainroads. The gas lamps were widely spaced and well shielded on top, with a small vent.
In those days, we could see stars down to mag.6 from the town. No wonder PC Dixon of Dock Green preferred the nightshift: "Evenin' folks."

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Sorry Brian, the phrase is "Evening All".

You could get arrested for getting it wrong.


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I had the impression that we are fast heading to a situation where we could not generate enough electricity to cover our needs = power cuts? Will the switching back on of streetlights not make matters worse? OR will the closing down of the UK Steel Industry release enough generating capacity to keep the lights on = method in the Governments madness? :wink:

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stella wrote:
Sorry Brian, the phrase is "Evening All".

You could get arrested for getting it wrong.


Don't forget - Hands behind the back, legs bend at knee as it's said :)

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