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A case of double standards

PUBLISHED: 11:21 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 05 July 2010

I WAS somewhat surprised to learn from readers' letters that evidently Waveney District Council is opposed to floodlights at Camps Heath football pitch, on the grounds of "light pollution".

I WAS somewhat surprised to learn from readers' letters that evidently Waveney District Council is opposed to floodlights at Camps Heath football pitch, on the grounds of “light pollution”.

So who approved the lights set in paved areas, shining straight up, as part of the Sunrise Scheme? Or lighting levels on footways, and, particularly, the Esplanade south of Tides Reach, which enable one to read a newspaper? A lot of this light will bounce off into space.

I am not a sports fan, neither do I approve of unnecessary use of electricity, but surely we have a case of double standards here.

Similarly, in the current issue of In Touch, we are advised to close windows, to keep heat in, when it is apparent that it is beyond the resources of the council to adjust the opening windows at the East Point Pavilion to ensure they close fully.

And what about the unfortunate out-of-work individual who's broken down car infringed car park regulations? Subsequent failures to respond to summonses culminated in a bill for over £600. Were the travellers, who at one time occupied about a dozen parking spaces at the Tides Reach end of the Royal Green car park, pursued with the same dedication?

Still; it all pales into insignificance with the revelation that pursuit of £37,583.31 of car park cash that went missing five years ago is being abandoned because most of the enquiries were through telephone conversations and not documented in writing, despite receipts from the security company who collected it apparently still held by the council.

As Terry Kelly wrote, regarding the East Point Pavilion, and other matters; “I despair for the residents of Waveney.”

DOUG HOFFMAN

Battery Green Road

Lowestoft

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