Search

Lottery cash to tackle light pollution in rural Norfolk

06:00 07 October 2014

Light pollution will be tackled in rural areas of Norfolk.  For: EDP News Eastern Daily Press © 2008  (01603) 772434

Light pollution will be tackled in rural areas of Norfolk. For: EDP News Eastern Daily Press © 2008 (01603) 772434

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2008

A countryside charity promoting tranquillity in rural areas has been awarded a £9,788 grant to tackle light pollution in Norfolk.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk has been given the cash from the National Lottery Awards as part of a year-long project of research, guidance and a major conference in Norwich.

Norfolk is the second darkest county in England and the work of a project entitled Light Pollution – A Problem That Can Be Solved aims to tackle the issues which threaten that credential.

David Hook, CPRE Norfolk’s light pollution co-ordinator said: “Our dark skies are prized by astronomers and those who value rural tranquillity, but light pollution is an increasing problem, both in towns and in the countryside.

He said the problem is down to increased urbanisation, so-called “misplaced fears over public safety and security” through the installation of out-of-date and unnecessary lighting fixtures and an overall lack of awareness of the negative impact of light pollution.

Mr Hook added: “Through this project we will be able to demonstrate that this is a problem that can be solved without any negative consequences; it is simply a case of property owners and public bodies installing appropriate lighting where it is needed, and appreciating that sometimes no artificial exterior lighting is needed at all.”

The research will aim to establish the attitudes to, and extent of, light pollution in Norfolk villages and will also promote a recommended Light Pollution Clause which it encourages planning authorities to include in any permitted developments.

An updated light pollution guidance leaflet will be created to give the latest information on recommended lighting specifications and advice on other ways to minimise light pollution.

And the conference will consider aspects of light pollution such as the importance of dark skies and dark landscapes in the countryside, the facts and myths of lighting, security and safety and provide examples of good practice from parish councils, district councils, county councils, highways agencies and business.

To get involved in the project or for more information contact CPRE Norfolk at info@cprenorfolk.org.uk or telephone 01603 761660.

Do you have a story about an issue affecting rural areas? Email the EDP’s agricultural, food and farming editor on chris.hill@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

Yesterday, 17:01
Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian Burt

A question mark hangs over the future of the East Anglian devolution deal after it was rejected by two councils today.

Mon, 15:59
Chris Evans in Zenos Car's E10S. Picture: BBC/Mark Yeoman

When Chris Evans spun around the track in the first few minutes of this week’s Top Gear it was in a Zenos E10S, made in Norfolk.

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.  Picture: Ian Burt

There was confusion today over whether Norfolk MP George Freeman is running to be prime minster after a Sunday newspaper reported he was working on a bid for the top job.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Royal Scott steam train arrives at Mid Norfolk Railway Station in Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hundreds of train enthusiasts are heading to Dereham today to see a true icon of the steam era.

Most Read

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
PACT animal sanctuary near Dereham is over run with kittens. Picture by: Matthew Usher.

Staff at an animal sanctuary near Dereham are struggling with an influx of kittens needing round-the-clock care.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up