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/.