Council makes plans for a lighter time next Christmas

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CHRISTMAS may have been and gone, but Market Rasen Town Council is already making plans to ensure King Street and Queen Street have festive lights next year.

The town authority spent around £4,200 on purchasing new Christmas lights for this year’s display in the Market Place, but Deputy Mayor Steve Bunney admitted some people were disappointed that the lights did not run through the town as in previous years.

Coun Bunney said: “We did the best we could under the circumstances this year. All we should be doing now is moving forward.

“The plan for next year is to use the money in the budget to erect the Market Square lights again and then look at the lights going up and down the high street, which is what people have been talking about.”

The town council plans to have two displays at either end of the town, one near the Red Lion and one at the Oxford Street crossroads,

It also plans to have candle and angel decorations on lamposts in King Street and Queen Street, a feature that was a common sight a few years ago. Coun Bunney said the authority still had the frames of these decorations in storage, so it was simply a job of stringing them with modern LED lights.

The authority will then look to purchase some new wall or lampost-mounted displays if there is enough money in the budget.

Councillors heard that stringing decorations across the road would bring extra expense and be much more difficult to put up, as the authority would have to get permission to close the roads.

But Coun Bunney did appeal to any member of the public who is able to help with the erection of the Christmas lights next winter to get in touch with the town clerk on 01673 842479.

The council also hopes to have a Christmas Market in the Market Place next year, something traders criticised the council for not organising this year.

Coun Bunney said the Mayor’s Charity Market would run in the Festival Hall as normal, but he hoped to make “a positive move forward seeing how we can get the Christmas Market back in the Market Place.”