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Light pollution causing lack of sleep

Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 13:27, Thursday 26 September 2019

Sent to Cumbria County Council 3 minutes later

Today workman came to change the dull yellow sodium street light directly outside my bedroom window. In its place the workman have place a bright white LED light fitting. This street light is within ONE metre of my bedroom. I have complained to the council on previous occasions about the light pollution from this street light directly adjacent to the bedroom window and placed against the outside wall of my property. The council agreed with me and decided to shield the light with gaffer tape which helped to diminish the light pollution. However, this unshielded light will now shine directly down into my bedroom, no amount of black out curtailing and blinds will help. This is an outright case of light pollution. Light pollution, especially in a bedroom has been shown to cause health problems. The positioning of this light so close to residential property has to be an environmental health hazard. The street light is on an old ugly concrete post and should probably should be removed anyway as I live in a conservation area. Please reposition this light for the sake of my health. 9 Cocker Lane Cockermouth CA13 9NR

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  • A light shutter has been fitted to the LED light but unfortunately due to the close proximity of the street lamp to the house the problem has not been solved. I am still kept awake by the light pollution. Street lights erected within inches of a residential property should Not be allowed. I have begged the council to reposition the lamp post but they have not replied to my request.

    Posted anonymously at 18:19, Thursday 24 October 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

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