Let there be light with new Christmas displays

PUBLISHED: 12:31 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:51 11 May 2010

NEW Christmas light displays are to be installed in Royston this year. But because of a lack of cash traders are to be requested to supply lights on their premises in the High Street. The new displays will be placed on The Cross and at Angel Pavement. To

NEW Christmas light displays are to be installed in Royston this year.

But because of a lack of cash traders are to be requested to supply lights on their premises in the High Street.

The new displays will be placed on The Cross and at Angel Pavement.

Town centre manager Geraint Burnell told Royston Town Council's finance committee on Monday evening that this year's cost would have involved spending £10,000 to install the lights and £2,000 for improvements.

He said there were still difficulties with wiring in the High Street and and the situation at the moment meant that the whole exercise was "heading for problems in the future".

Next year, however, he said there could be a new lighting scheme in place.

Cllr Robert Smith said: "It would be foolish to spend this year when we are looking for something brighter in the future.

And Cllr Rod Kennedy said that over recent years the town council had been "catching up" on new regulations covering Christmas light displays.

He said it was not a question of regulations changing each year.

"All these regulations are created by people who have never done anything along these lines, rather than people who have practical experience," he said.

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