Street lighting

The Parish Council is looking to decrease the impact artificial lighting (ecological light pollution) has on wildlife as well as reducing energy use (thus reducing the impact on climate change – every little helps!). Less lighting will also reduce costs to Somerset Council and this could be reflected in Council Tax. This initiative follows the actions of many councils around the UK (and further afield). Elsewhere, concerns were raised about the potential for reduced street lighting at night leading to increased levels of crime. However, a study by the Government funded National Institute for Health Research shows that reduced levels of lighting lead to lower levels of street crime.

Rode Parish Council therefore proposed that, as a trial, around a third of the lights in the village (of which there are over 70) would be turned off. The lights in question would be switched off between Midnight and 5.30am, and would then be switched on again until daylight. After a public consultation, the precise lights to be turned off were agreed. However, after further discussions with Somerset Council the PC was informed that, for each individual street, either ALL the lights would be turned off, or NONE. As a result, the Parish Council decided to consult further with residents.

The results of this consultation were that 66% of the 99 responses were in favour of the proposed changes, with the results published in the February 2024 edition of The Link. No further comments were received following publication of the questionnaire results. Somerset Council was therefore approached to action turning off the agreed street lights after midnight by fitting new timing devices. Should crime rise this would be reviewed. The changes to the lighting will occur in the new financial year (commencing 1st April 2024).

3 August 2023
Last Updated
18 March 2024