All-year Christmas lights plan approved

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 August 2014

Another design of how the lights might look.

Another design of how the lights might look.

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PLANS to add a splash of colour to Weston's skyline during special events have been approved.

How the lights could look.How the lights could look.

Christmas lights will decorate the town’s streets all-year round thanks to an idea put in motion by Weston Town Council.

The authority had £32,500 to spend on festive lights this year and decided to add an extra glow to the annual carnival, fireworks night and other town centre events as well as Christmas.

The approval of the plans was discussed at the council’s policy and finance committee meeting on Monday night.

Councillor Mark Canniford said: “I understand we have sponsorship from the pier and the committee was directed to go ahead with it but I feel it will be rather difficult for taxpayer’s money to be used on a form of advertising.”

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley added: “It’s not advertising the pier. There will be an illustration of the pier in lights but it will not say ‘come to the pier’.”

Contractor Lamps and Tubes Illuminations Ltd will take on the project to light up Weston and Cllr Roger Payne asked if the company will increase the number of displays in the streets because he felt last year’s in Waterloo Street was ‘poor.’

Chairman Cllr Peter Crew said: “We want to get as much as we can for the money we are paying and we will have a different style of lights, but we are still finalising that detail.”

Cllr Crockford-Hawley added: “We might have to put a bit more money in each year to fix lights on the side of walls.”

The Christmas-themed lights will be removed after the festive season, but simple string lights could stay all year in West Street, St James Street, Meadow Street and Orchard Street.

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