The Lieutenant Governor, General Alexander Wilson, has issued a further order on public lighting in line with changes passed by the UK Government. It follows the decision to adopt the Summer Time Act for the duration of the war and means that from 1 May to 31 August, lights must be obscured from 10.00pm until one hour after sunrise.
The restrictions affect owners of homes, hotels and shops, who must ensure that all inside windows are ‘screened by shutters or dark blinds or dark curtains’ leaving minimal light visible from the outside. The order extends to vehicles, with drivers expected to ensure they comply with the lighting requirements.
Further plans will restrict the use of shop signs and illuminated fascias or other outside lights when the premises are closed to customers. The only permitted exceptions to this rule have to be approved by the authorities. Among those affected and seeking clarification of what is permissible are the organisers of evening band concerts in St Helier’s Triangle Park. Writing on behalf of the committee, secretary Fred Ashelford has been enquiring whether they can illuminate the bandstand with gas lights after dusk.
D/Z/H2/7 contains official correspondence, regulations and letters on the subject of further lighting restrictions.