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19th May 2017
Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes

This year's Award Winners

CPRE-IW's nominated premises won the Jo Mitchell Award at the IW Society and RIBA-IW awards evening held in Royal Yacht Squadron  pavilion, May 20th, 2016.

CPRE-IW had nominated the restoration of the Carisbrooke Dairy for recognition by IW Society, The owners, Luisa and David Killpack, were delighted to win this accolade for their extensive landscaping programme complimenting the restored buildings.  We would like to add our own congratulations to this worthy outcome.

 

Congratulations to Pat Almond on her receipt of this year's medal.

 

At the recent CPRE AGM at Nunwell House the annual Good Lighting Awards were presented, with thanks to the IW High Sheriff.

CPRE’s annual Good Lighting Award scheme reviewed examples of sky-friendly external illumination and the best were given awards.  The biggest change currently taking place all over the Island is the programme of replacing the old orange sodium vapour street lamps along the roads and highways with the now familiar LED types.

Some Island residents complain that these newcomers are not as good as the Old ‘Uns, but whenever anything changes in this part of the world, people will seize the chance to have a good moan about it! But looking at it seriously, the old lamps gave all a weird orange glow whereas these LED upstarts show us in our true colours.  What could be nicer than that?

There are still pockets of the orange ones remaining but hopefully even these will eventually disappear.  Now, if only the HM Prison lighting at Parkhurst could be upgraded, we might be able once more to see the Milky Way over Newport.

CPRE had initially been much against the Planning Application for the rugby football pitch floodlighting at Wootton Bridge Recreation Ground.  We joined forces with many local residents who feared that they would be floodlit out of their homes given an Approval of the Application.  IW Council saw differently and gave their consent, so the lighting was installed.  However, we are impressed with the careful attention given to the design of the illumination to minimise stray light in unwanted areas.

A local amateur astronomer told us that originally he was also an 'anti' but now reports having no problems with interference to his observatory near to the rugby pitch so what is good enough for an expert observer is good enough for us.

So, our first Award went to IW Rugby Football Club.  Pictured is Paul Simpson receiving his club’s award from IW High Sheriff, Ron Holland.

 

At the recent CPRE AGM held at Nunwell House the annual Good Lighting Awards were presented, with thanks to the IW High Sheriff.  CPRE’s annual Good Lighting Award scheme reviewed examples of sky-friendly external illumination and the best were given awards.

The biggest change currently taking place all over the Island is the programme of replacing the old orange sodium vapour street lamps along the roads and highways with the now familiar LED types.  Some Island residents complain that these newcomers are not as good as the Old ‘Uns, but whenever anything changes in this part of the world, people will seize the chance to have a good moan about it!) But looking at it seriously, the old lamps gave all a weird orange glow whereas these LED upstarts show us in our true colours.  What could be nicer than that?

This award goes to an organisation whose dedication and efficiency in changing the complex system that is street lighting across the Island is to be congratulated. 

For a few years Islanders have become familiar with the flat plate style of LED lamps on our streets and roadways but the latest installations are different.  Examples may be spotted in Regent Street in Shanklin; along Union Street in Ryde;  around Brighstone Village, and in various locations in Newport, etc.  These are from the Heritage range and are designed to merge into a conservation street environment while providing a high standard of illumination of pavements and roadways without any blinding upward glare.

So, Island Roads gained our thanks for a job well done.  Pictured is Ms Alex Tunnicliffe being presented with an Award by the High Sheriff

There are still pockets of the orange ones remaining but hopefully even these will eventually disappear.  Now, if only the HM Prison lighting at Parkhurst could be upgraded, we might be able once more to see the Milky Way over Newport...

 

Our Overall Award went to a small convenience store situated on the crossroads at Apse Heath.  The premises received an external makeover not long ago and it was pleasing to note the careful attention paid to the shop front external lighting. 

We were delighted to give our Overall Winner 2015 Award to Raj’s Premier.  Located within an intrinsically dark region of countryside, it is crucial to avoid adding to light pollution of the night skies.

Mr Rajnikant Patel received not only a framed certificate but also a handsome engraved glass trophy to mark the occasion.  The trophy was commissioned from Sculptured Glass Studio at Arreton Barns - a location not easily accessed thanks to the main road through the village being reconstructed by a well-known Island company.

Pictured are Mr and Mrs Patel receiving their Overall Awards from the High Sheriff. Mr Patel nominated the Hampshire and IW Air Ambulance service as the recipient of the CPRE cheque for charity given as part of the Overall Award.

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