When racing was previously taking place at Great Leighs, the course had the benefit of 74 lighting stanchions. This allowed the racecourse to be viewed as a world class racing venue with high definition pictures being shown in other countries, made instantly recognisable by the trademarked champagne flute shaped floodlights.
Previous issues with light contamination raised by the local residents have been resolved in conjunction with the supplier, Musco and installer, McSherry. All floodlights will now have hoods fitted in order to control and contain the direction of the light, reducing the spillage into the night sky by up to 50%. By working with the lighting manufacturer, Great Leighs has the opportunity to significantly reduce energy consumption by up to 40%.
The light contamination which previously affected Moulsham Hall Lane will be prevented using a physical barrier in addition to the hoods, which is currently being designed, in order to prevent the light from spilling onto the road.
Safe conditions for horse and rider are of paramount importance. British Horseracing stipulate the requirement for illumination – 700 LUX vertical at track level for racing conditions – and training also requires the same level of illumination. Great Leighs already meets and exceeds these requirements, as confirmed by the BHA.
No additional Floodlights will be erected, however the two currently in the car park are to be relocated and lighting levels reduced to normal car parking levels.
Keith Brown, Chairman of Great Leighs Racecourse states: - “We are aware of the previous concerns caused by the high levels of light spillage from the floodlights, and are making every effort to satisfy local residents by working with the suppliers and installers to reduce this to acceptable levels.”
Issued 27th August 2012
Reference: Submissions to Chelmsford City Council planning