Faced with prospect of lengthening nights, there have been a number of appeals recently for exemptions from the strict wartime blackout conditions. The reasons given mostly relate to safety concerns caused by the lack of light, which has already been the cause of some accidents in town.
The President of the Jersey Free Churches Council was one of those who wrote to the Lieutenant Governor on the matter. The challenge was that evening services continued until 8.30pm on some occasions, which was later than the ordered hour for covering any exposed lights. Not only is there the expense of providing blackout curtains for church windows, explained the President, but many churches have steps outside their door, leaving a real danger of someone having an accident by falling in the dark.
The Lieutenant Governor was unmoved by the request, however, claiming that making one exception to the rules would result in a flood of similar applications. What’s more, the lighting restrictions are extending this week to encompass the headlights of motor cars, which must not shine out to sea when driving in certain proscribed areas such as St Helier and St Aubin.
AE/11/15 contains correspondence and orders on lighting restrictions, including an appeal for special treatment from the Jersey Free Churches Council.