Thanks to Labour Councillors, residents in Luxborough Street no longer have bright lights from a Council hoarding beaming in to their bedrooms.
Residents wrote to Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg asking for help:
“Can I draw your attention to a new issue that has arisen with respect to the play area in Luxborough Street (for which there is a proposed Council-led development). The Council have recently put new fencing round the site, and they have attached to this some very bright lighting which is not downward facing and for residents opposite there is now serious light pollution each night and it is impossible to have a dark bedroom!
I am advised that the Council should have had planning permission for these lights, and that in any case, their nature contradicts normal regulations. The Council appears to be acting in a high-handed, probably illegal, manner, and I would be grateful if you could ask them to remove these lights and to replace them with something more acceptable, with planning permission, and in accordance with regulations. There is some urgency in this!”
Following our enquiries to the Planning Enforcement team, the offending lights have now been switched off, marking a small, but important, victory for residents:
“A replacement hoarding was put up in December due to rough sleeping within the site and H&S issues with the previous hoarding being broken in to. When Conway put up the replacement hoarding they added LED lighting to the perimeter, however we have recently been informed by the Enforcement team that even though the hoarding can fall under permitted development, the lighting does not. We therefore instructed Conway to turn off the lighting and I have been informed that this has happened today.”