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COUNCILS NEED POWERS TO CONTROL LIGHT POLLUTION SAY EHOs

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About four out of five local councils have received complaints about light pollution, according to a nationwide sur...
About four out of five local councils have received complaints about light pollution, according to a nationwide survey by the Institution of Environmental Health Officers, the Daily Telegraph reports (page 13).

The Institution which appealed yesterday for new legislation to tackle the problem, says millions of people are suffering light pollution from security and industrial lights and floodlights.

The paper says that two thirds of the complaints were find to be justified, compared with only 55% of noise complaints. However, there is nothing councils can do to stop it as over bright lighting was excluded from the 1990 Environment Pollution Act.

Graham Jukes, chairman of the organisation's professional divisions is reported as saying that unless the law is clarified to enable local authorities to take action, more and more people will have their sleep disturbed by unwanted light.

Lights from homes, such as security and decorative lights account for about half the complaints. The report follows one last month from the Council for the Protection of Rural England which found that over bright light was preventing people from seeing the stars.
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