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CPRE Report: Shedding Light

A survey of local authority approaches in England

In early 2014 CPRE carried out a survey of English local authorities to find out how they approach lighting in their areas. The results presented in this report create a detailed picture of lighting issues in England, with the aid of a number of local case studies.

The report also makes nine recommendations to help local authorities reduce light pollution and protect existing dark areas while saving energy.


The Island and this site are mentioned on page 5 of the report.

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Weather etc…


The recent bad weather has delayed our plans to install more fixed sky monitoring stations. Things seem to be improving, so we hope to be back on track soon.


We were recently asked to speak at this week’s IW Council Planning Committee meeting regarding the proposed development at Atherfield. After the various presentations, Committee Members chose to unanimously reject the plan – there are more details at ON THE WIGHT.

We’d like to particularly thank Councillor¬†Bob Seely for his presentation and also to highlight the understanding shown by the meeting regarding Dark Skies in general.


We are planning to meet with local Councillors across the Island with a view to ensuring everyone understands our aims. This will be followed (throughout 2014) by visits to local schools to provide our normal astronomical outreach and also to emphasise the importance of reducing light pollution.

Please remember: Astronomers are not against light – just that in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and at inappropriate intensity.

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Site changes and additions

The latest SQM reading at the observatory is now available on the “SQM Maps etc” page and the complete historical readings are available here.

I have also added a Twitter time-line over on the right of this page.

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Resources section added

Just added a new menu item “Resources“, just a couple of documents in there at the moment but of course I’m hoping to add more.

Contributions and suggestions are always welcome

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