Safer routes to Fairfield School

This summer, Bristol City Council tried to impose urban street lighting along all the footpaths by Narroways with no consultation of local residents and organisations. With the support of local councillor Jon Rogers we gained a consultation period during which nearly 100 people wrote expressing their objections to this proposal. Narroways Millennium Green Trust gave their views outlining issues such as light pollution, urbanisation, energy wasting,effect on bats and other wildlife, the fact lighting gives a false sense of security, damage to a prominent landscape. The local paper, Bristol Evening Post tried to depict local people and organisations (who were all united in not wanting the street lights) as not caring about children’s safety, even though the school and the police were not in favour of recommending these routes after dark. For now the work has finished without lighting being put in but we need to remain vigilant.

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