LED street light installation illnesses IMPACT ASSEMENT

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Dear Wiltshire Council,

Please can you advise and provide me with any information relating to the procurement of LED street lights which may be harmful to peoples health. Have any impact assessments been done in relation to the pulsing and colour frequency ranges (especially blue end spectrum light) prior to the roll out of these lights.

I would also like to know if the work by Essex University and Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) research which links LED lights to hormonal changes and cancer clusters (breast and prostate) where these lights have been fitted - and if this research data has been viewed by the council.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Williams

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Good morning,

Thank you for your request for information received on 5 November 2019.

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Information Governance Team
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Dear Mr Williams,

Request for Information – LED Streetlights

Thank you for your request for information dated 05 November 2019, in which you asked for the following information:

Please can you advise and provide me with any information relating to the procurement of LED street lights which may be harmful to peoples health. Have any impact assessments been done in relation to the pulsing and colour frequency ranges (especially blue end spectrum light) prior to the roll out of these lights.

I would also like to know if the work by Essex University and Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) research which links LED lights to hormonal changes and cancer clusters (breast and prostate) where these lights have been fitted - and if this research data has been viewed by the council.

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) the Council is obliged to make information available to the public by publication or when requested.

In accordance with regulation 5(1) of EIR I can confirm that Wiltshire Council holds some of the information you have requested. The available information you requested is as follows or is attached to this email.

Please can you advise and provide me with any information relating to the procurement of LED street lights which may be harmful to peoples health. Have any impact assessments been done in relation to the pulsing and colour frequency ranges (especially blue end spectrum light) prior to the roll out of these lights.

Please see attached

I would also like to know if the work by Essex University and Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) research which links LED lights to hormonal changes and cancer clusters (breast and prostate) where these lights have been fitted - and if this research data has been viewed by the council.

The Council has not reviewed the research by Essex University and Barcelona Institute for Global Health in detail. The Public Health England publication ‘Human responses to lighting based on LED lighting solutions’, was referred to in developing the proposals.

If you are dissatisfied with the above response you have a right to request a review of your request for information. Details of the complaints and review procedure are below.

Yours sincerely

Kyle McCormack
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]

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