Council To Produce ‘Dark Skies’ Policy

The Council’s Planning Department will produce a series of guidelines to help protect Scilly’s ‘dark skies’ and ensure that “the unique and tranquil environment of Scilly is preserved for future generations.”

The department has been awarded around £650 from the AONB’s SDF fund to produce a formal policy document together with a leaflet for the general public.

The ‘Lighting Guide for the Isles of Scilly’ will be used to assess planning applications for external lighting schemes and is designed to compliment the existing Isles of Scilly Design Guide, which currently lacks detailed guidance on ‘best practice’ relating to external lighting.

A report produced for Councillors stated that, “as the environment is fundamentally the main driver for tourism in Scilly, it is crucial that lighting for both new and current developments conserves and enhances the islands’ natural environment.”

Last year, Councillors voiced their concern over the growing levels of light pollution in Scilly, particularly from developments on St Mary’s quay and the new school.

The AONB has also been involved in a number of projects highlighting the dark skies over Scilly and the potential tourism benefits, including taking part in the Campaign for Rural England’s ‘Big Star Count 2012’ in January.

Exmoor National Park was recently designated the first International ‘Dark Sky Reserve’ in Europe.


6 Responses to Council To Produce ‘Dark Skies’ Policy

  1. Jon Mackenzie March 7, 2012 at 12:55 am

    There is a body called the International Dark Sky Association ( who I believe will grow and grow over the next few years. They recently awarded ‘Dark Sky Island Status’ to Sark and now Alderney are going for it. It would do no harm to the off-islands in particular to look into this as it becomes another selling point for the islands, particularly out of season.

  2. Ste March 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    There must be a grant for how much electric they can burn or maybe double nectar points !!!!

  3. Linda March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Not so far into the future one can only hope and pray that the Council catches up with its tail, looks back and realises some of the decisions taken are spoiling our beautiful Islands. I miss the lovely moon shadows past Nowhere too. What is the thinking behind leaving the lights glowing on the school build and sport hall.

  4. Todd Stevens March 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Yep, council being hypocrits yet again! There used to be lovely moon shadows down past Nowhere and the graveyard road before the new school lights ruined it. Last one to leave – PLEASE turn the bleddy lights out!!

  5. ste asten March 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Does this mean that the normandy pool lights will get turned off at night from now on ??? not sure why 4 lights have to be left on all night and sometimes day time as well .

  6. sue March 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Does that mean the new school and sports hall will have all its lights turned off at night? It used to be lovely to see the stars from the flat, now all I see is all the lights blazing!