Council supports daylight campaign

Published: Friday 28th October 11

With the clocks due to go back an hour on Sunday the council is renewing its calls for a public debate on proposals to permanently move the clocks forward an hour and give Britain an extra hour of daylight.

The council is backing the 'Lighter Later' campaign which is pressing Parliament to agree to move clocks forward one hour throughout the year - meaning that it would be lighter for longer in the evenings.

A Private Members Bill calling for this change is currently winding its way through the House of Commons but has been held up while lawyers in the Treasury produce a report outlining the economic implications of such a change.

According to the campaigners - "The idea is simple: we shift the clocks forward by one hour throughout the entire year. We would still put the clocks forward in spring and back in autumn, but we would have moved an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, when more of us are awake to enjoy it."

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "We support this campaign for a number of reasons, but it is important that the public has its say in this debate.

"Our view is that an extra hour of daylight would undoubtedly improve road safety and make it safer for children as they travel home from school.

"There would be environmental and financial benefits too. The extra daylight would mean households would not need to switch their lights on as early as they do now, and this would mean cheaper energy costs and reduced carbon emissions.

"An extra hour of daylight would also boost sports and leisure activities. People could visit parks for longer, and pursue a whole range of outdoor pursuits later into the evenings.

"In our view the benefits of this change could be substantial, which is why we are backing this campaign."

For more information visit http://www.lighterlater.org/.


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I like your statement that by moving the clocks forward by one hour that it will give Britain an extra hour of daylight. That is not exactly true is it? Do people in the north of England or Scotland get an extra hour? No they do not. I can understand people living in the South wanting it, but please do not make out that this is anything more than self preservation
John

31 October 2011

Personally, I have no wish for the clocks to be moved forward by one hour, I've been quite content all my life with the status quo and see no reason for it to change. I think there should be a referendum so that we all can have our say on the subject.
Sue

30 October 2011

I don't support this at all. I think it is better to arrange the day so as to have extra light in the mornings as people find it harder to wake up in the dark and therefore I think it would lead to more accidents and incidents in the mornings. Also as a SAD sufferer (someone who gets depressed in the winter when there is not much natural light) who is also an office employee it means there will be a much longer period in the year when I don't get any natural light, as the mornings on my way to work before 8am are the only time I get a chance to be out in natural light during the winter months. Thus I think for myself and for other SAD sufferers this would be a very bad move.
Caroline

30 October 2011

You have my full support on this.
Tom Frank

29 October 2011