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Lyneham lights will shine too bright

Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:19

New moon New moon Photo: © Chris J Andrews

Floodlit tennis club will go ahead in Cotswold AONB

Last year we successfully opposed a proposal at Wychwood Golf Club, Lyneham, near Chipping Norton to install a pavilion and floodlit tennis courts. We opposed the proposal because of its very visible position in the Cotwold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which would inevitably cause light pollution.

Unfortunately this decision has been overturned on appeal and the floodlit tennis club will go ahead. Even with restrictions on using the lights after 9.30pm, and new trees to screen the development, this is very disappointing as there was much local opposition. Cotswold areas still benefits from dark skies and these floodlights will erode this in the early evening. Find out why dark skies matter.

A number of local residents have written an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron (see attachment below), who is the local MP, to express their dismay at this decision.

CPRE is taking part in the annual star count in mid-February, which monitors the impact of light pollution in the night sky. You can take part! The results of your star count will help reveal the overall picture of creeping light pollution in England.

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