Locals in Weymouth, Dorset have found a rather bright way to protest blinding streetlights lining the seafront street — by attaching a frilly pink lampshade to one of the lights.
People living from across the seafront have been complaining about the Victorian-style lampposts, comparing it to bright car headlights directly focused at their respective houses. John Murphy, a resident, said: “It’s like a car headlight. Even from a distance it lights up our garden. It’s like having a torch shone in your eyes.” Some, like Val Cole, are complaining about the spoiled view of the seafront due to the strong lighting. “We used to have an uninterrupted view and now the light has spoiled that. The light comes directly into our room. It’s light pollution.”
The Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, through its spokesperson Howard Legg, has already apologized for the inconvenience brought about by the streetlights. “We’re sorry if anyone has been disturbed by the light. When this scheme was in the planning stage the borough council tried to take into account all residents’ views.”