Angry stargazers have slammed Shell, saying a “horribly bright” gas station ruined a village’s famous night sky.
The fuel giant has been accused of “blatant light pollution” after the company built a petrol station in the quiet Northumberland village of Thropton.
The station, which also includes a Spar and a butcher shop, opened in November in the village of just 458 people.
Thropton is on the edge of Northumberland National Park, which has been named one of the world’s best places for stargazing.
Angry stargazers have slammed Shell, saying a “horribly bright” gas station ruined a village’s famous night sky
The station, which also includes a Spar and a butcher shop, opened in November in the village of just 458 people
Several residents are calling for the gas station to either be closed at night or closed altogether over fears the light could drive away tourists.
One said: “There is blatant light pollution seeping into the night sky.”
A Shell spokesman said: “We are looking at appropriate solutions to dim lighting to address this issue.”
The county’s 572 square miles have been awarded Gold Tier status for its pristine dark skies, ranking alongside America’s Death Valley.
Between November and February, thousands of dark sky fans flock to the area to enjoy the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, visible over the county.
The “light row” has erupted on social media to such an extent that a local Facebook group even conducted a survey of residents to shed light on it.
According to the Rothbury & Coquetdale Facebook group, 98 percent of people said lighting was not a problem.
Meanwhile, two percent of people agreed the lighting was “terrible” and a “disgrace to our landscape.”
Councilor Steven Bridgett, representing Thropton, said: “A councilor neighboring Thropton has lodged a complaint with Northumberland County Council about the lighting.
“What I want to say is that the current lighting scheme is very different from what was initially proposed and much more conservative (than previously proposed).”
The dispute comes after scientists say light pollution has led to eroding visibility of stars around the world over the past decade.
dr Christopher Kyba of the German Research Center for Geosciences said: “For comparison: a child born in an area where 250 stars were visible would probably see fewer than 100 in the same place 18 years later.”
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