NO STREET LIGHTS in Highland Woods
Although preliminary, I have been informed by the Township that they are in the planning stages of placing street lighting in the Highland Woods neighborhood in Fairview Township, Penn. This process started because there was a request put in to the Township by a homeowner for a streetlight.
Regardless of the reasons that the street lighting was desired, they protrude unnecessarily on the quality of life of surrounding homes, have proven negative effects on nocturnal animals that make their home in the neighborhood, not to mention the sleep patterns of people, and contribute greatly to general light pollution, which impacts enjoyment of the dark suburban and rural skies we are lucky to still have in Mountain Top.
Please read the following article by Eric Betz for Astronomy Magazine published in 2015 for additional information pertaining to the debate between dark skies and lighting and safety. He references a UCL study, also linked below, that found there was NO evidence of any association between reduced street lighting and the aggregate counts of night time traffic collisions or crime.
If you are interested in keeping our neighborhoods free of needless light pollution, please sign this petition. I will be presenting the signatures at a public meeting on January 2, 2018 @ 7:30 PM at the Fairview Township Municipal Building. Thank you.