Light pollution survey – the views of parish councils
Early in 2015, CPRE Norfolk conducted a comprehensive survey of parish and town councils in Norfolk, to establish their views on street lighting and light pollution in the countryside.
182 councils responded, a response rate of approximately 33%, making these findings both statistically significant and a strong reflection of Norfolk parish and town council opinion.
The survey results found that:
- the majority of parish and town councils were concerned about levels of light pollution in Norfolk and 96% of unlit parishes have no intention of installing street lights
- security lighting, floodlighting and lighting from industry, farms, schools, pubs and garages were all identified as causing light pollution in the countryside
- many parish and town councils were making regular recommendations on lighting when responding to planning applications, often using our Standard Light Pollution Clause