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Light pollution, part the second.

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Woo-hoo! In reference to my light pollution problem, the council have turned off half the lights. This, I'm assured, is a temporary measure while they work out how many other ones they can turn off - apparantly the cameras need light to see. I suggested night vision cameras weren't expensive these days, and would pay for themselves in electricity savings in no time. Council chap agreed, and said he'd look into it.

The guy from the council was really helpful and friendly, he agreed with everything I said about wasting power/money, and causing light pollution. Best bit - he manages all the Park and Rides in the city, and he's going to apply everything he's learnt here to the other ones too.

So, with a single phone call, I saved the council over a grand a year, and 15 tonnes of CO2 a year. At Thickthorn alone! (which is one of the smaller P+R projects, so total savings could be pretty large)

I'm pleased with progress so far, but I'm not going to stop yet, not while things are happening. I did ask if we could have some free bus passes (there's only us and one other guy in walking range of the site) as a thanks for saving them so much money - he said he'd look into it. Democracy rocks.
7th Apr 2005, 12:41  

afternoon says:

Hardcore. It's good that you've found somebody who'll listen. Often you think a lot of useful feedback falls on deaf ears, but in this case that's not so. Hurrah for the public sector for once.

Nice shot as well.

7th Apr 2005, 13:04

neel says:

Huzzah! If only this sort of people-power could work at some sort of entirely fair, issue-led representitive-deciding event on a national scale, preferably within the next few weeks.

Ah well. Never mind, eh? Good work, Mr Mat!

7th Apr 2005, 13:12

norm says:

yeah, way to go dude, that is really cool.

Thickthornia - Fsck Yeah !

7th Apr 2005, 13:19

Euphro says:

Well done Mat. It pays to speak up with an informed opinion. Excellent ;)

7th Apr 2005, 14:49

Stanton(stanton-at-homeofmuppets-dot-com) says:

you dont even need nightvision cameras, just those with a decent lux level

colour cameras dont work too great in the dark, and usually go down to 3 lux, but B/W cameras can go all the way down to 0.1 lux (almost total darkness) and can see in full darkness with IR lighting

most high end cctv cameras now use both b/w and colour, colour for the daytime, and b/w for the nightime after the light drops below a certain threshold, and they arent too pricey either

can you tell i used to sell cctv? hope this info helps

7th Apr 2005, 15:36

adampknave says:

Congratz man, that's a great chain reaction you seem to be starting.

7th Apr 2005, 16:39

mat says:

I think it helps a lot that East Anglia (the rounded part of the UK that sticks out on the bottom right) is heading up the CRed initiative, so they should be paying attention to these things.

7th Apr 2005, 16:47

alexis says:

... that's amazing. (congratulations!)
"Democracy rocks." ... man... too bad people in the states don't understand this "democracy" thing!.... hah...
(really though, that's so entirely awesome. I hope they thank you properly)

7th Apr 2005, 23:50

Paul(pjholl-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

Well done. I sent a few letters of back in 2001 to a number of local supermarkets and retail parks. Although TESCO refused to do anything they have since replaced their globe lighting with full cutoff fixtures (but still left on overnight). I also managed to get my local homebase manager to turn of the car park lights when he closed up, but my local leisure center just refused to listen and have refused again since without reason. I am now about to send out over 40 letters to ALL local schools, retail parks, supermarkets, B&Q;'s etc, and petrol stations to see what else i can do. I have also contacted my local MP who will be getting back to me soon..Woooooo astronomy rocks. p.s I live in B'ham......V High LP

12th Jan 2007, 01:54