Light pollution

Light pollution is unwanted light from street lights and artificial sources.

Local authorities have a duty to look into complaints of artificial light which may be causing a nuisance.

Locations such as railway premises may need artificial light for security and safety.

There are no set levels of light to decide what is a statutory nuisance, several factors will be taken into account including the duration, frequency and impact of the light. 

For artificial light to be a statutory nuisance the light must be excessive or producing an unreasonable level of light for the area and must be affecting you in your property.

You may wish to ask the council for a review if an approach to the person responsible fails.

Section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows an individual to take action through the magistrates court based on the light amounting to a nuisance.

You should seek legal advice before following this route.


Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by certain types of rocks and soils, across the UK. It can be inhaled and absorbed, those exposed to high levels of radon are more likely to get lung cancer.

It has no taste, smell or colour and special devices are needed to measure it.

Although most of Newport is classed as a ‘potentially radon affected area’ the majority of properties are unlikely to be affected by harmful levels of radon gas.

Employers are required by the Management of Health and Safety Regulations at Work 1999 to assess risks from radon in workplaces.

Visit UKradon to find out more.