Just put a telephone request into my local council to see if they cant alter the sheilding on the street lamp in the carpark out side my flat. I used the excuse that it shines in through my kitchen into the bedroom and "affects my quality of life". I have before tried the "i use a telescope and..." issue but that got me no where fast!!!
I was told that "I will get the guys to come round and see if they cant paint your side out or somthing". We will see wont we.
As you can see i have no faith in my local authorities at all ;)