Thanks to all for supporting my point that that the ill-thought-out petition for increased lighting on the Common was indeed a terrible idea. The ‘Community Editor’ (aka Annabel I believe) in her original post might have described it as a wonderful ‘initiative’: in fact, it was the reverse. She also asserts today that she’s not sure I’ve ‘….thought it through’ ! She clearly hasn't read my post thoroughly. But, on one point, I agree with her: she should indeed keep her head down. It should be noted that an admirable effort was made initially to stop the Petition going ahead – sadly thwarted in the hysteria. I have had huge support from people opposed to the Petition, and a number have written to the Council urging them to disregard the petition, or indeed anyone baying for more lighting. People should also be aware that both the Friends of Clapham Common and the Clapham Society are opposed to it. You have an excellent point, Soleil1, on security … that, even if the Common were lit up, it could be more dangerous, as people would think it safe at night. The sound advice is not to walk across it in the dark, alone. Those who support/ed the Petition (incl. the ‘Community Editor’) clearly know little, or nothing, or, worse, didn’t care, about wildlife (particularly at night), biodiversity, Light Pollution, wastage of energy … yet they all disgracefully rushed to sign it. If they did claim to know about these facts, & still signed it, they truly were unprincipled. The golden rule is never to sign anything unless you know what you’re signing up to.