I would like to see such a policy implemented widely.
People in a village where the street lights have been turned off to save cash say they have not really noticed the change.
Leicestershire County Council's highways engineers have adapted 39 of the 44 lamps in Smeeton Westerby, near Market Harborough, so they are unlit from midnight to 5.30am ...
Kelvin Capell, of the King's Head pub, said: "I can't say that I notice the difference."
It would save money - the Mercury says that by cutting night-time lighting in seven villages and along 50 rural roads the county council will save up to £700,000 a year.
And it would also enable more people to experience the night sky as their grandparents did. Back in 2005 I quoted Timothy Ferris of NASA, who said:
Others will regard the policy as a way of reducing carbon emissions, but I prefer environmental politics that are based upon a reverence for the natural world rather than a fear of it.
"The loss of the night sky is most troubling for children. Whole generations of kids in cities and suburbs are growing up seldom if ever having seen the Milky Way and what a sky full of thousands of stars might look like."
"People often describe to me in glowing terms their experience in viewing the night time sky as if they'd seen something extraordinarily exotic ... something akin to observing Victoria Falls or the south pole. And I'm afraid that's the case for many people ... that they can count on the fingers of one hand the times they've seen a good night's sky."