Robin Buckley, Byron Bay
At last our mayor says something sensible backed up with some research…
Sadly one suspects it will not therefore happen.
But for ages many have complained about our Council’s use of old fashioned omni-directional street lighting preventing sky observation for an unnecessarily large distance from the lights and also their continued use of old HPS lamps – LEDs are used everywhere else in the [advanced] world … they pay for themselves in a very few years.
That’s why Cape Byron lighthouse switched to LEDs years ago!
May I suggest an alternative to reduce the street-lighting ‘on’ times instead of using ‘time switches’ or ‘daylight sensors’ is to use movement detectors – these too are used in other countries on their main roads.
The concerns about pedestrian safety are correct as there are so very few footpaths even in Byron Bay so pedestrians are often forced to walk and push strollers on the road amongst the traffic! This is a fact.
A radical solution would be building some footpaths instead of waiting for decades for ‘developer contributions’ to be received randomly and in random locations.