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Christmas Light Budget Halved For Wombwell

Tuesday December 4 2012

HALF the number of Christmas lights that were up last year have been put up on Wombwell High Street due to funding cuts.

The lights are owned by the High Street Committee and erected for a fee by the council but, because the committee's grant has been halved from £2,000 to £4,000, cuts have had to be made.

The grant is made from the Community Support Fund, shared out by local councillors.

The money is instead going towards refurbishing the High Street public toilets - including installing baby changing facilities in the women's toilet - and replacing vandalised children's rides in Wombwell Park.

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Reply Posted by Disgruntled on Tuesday December 4 2012 at 13:19
Community Funds are just that, for the community, Public Toilets and Playgrounds are the responsibility of BMBC. In excess of £200k spent on one disciplinary inquiry would have paid for the lights, the playground and the toilets with some to spare.

Reply Posted by joanne on Tuesday December 4 2012 at 14:23
i would like to add that the christmas lights in wombwell are fab and it was a brilliant day and if it wasnt for the hard work of both andrew and david cole of cole bros cafe in wombwell then the wouldnt be christmas lights in wombwell and its due to there hard work and commitment for the hight street and i dont think they get enough praise for the time and effort that they put in

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday December 4 2012 at 14:31
For once I agree with the council. Xmas lights are a nice touch for a few weeks, but they aren't really needed. We need to live in the real world where £millions has been cut from budgets. Playground facilities & public toilets (now a very rare thing) are much more important and will be there all year round.

Reply Posted by Charlotte on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 16:09
I agree with mick Christmas lights are pretty but not vital I would prefer the money to go to keeping people in work who might end up being made redundant by the council. Just keep the lights in the town centre, that's enough!

Reply Posted by Jobs on Monday December 10 2012 at 18:22
Wake up Charlotte! Christmas Lights bring visitors to the Town Centre to spend money, thus keeping shops open and the real jobs that matter, local jobs. Christmas Lights bring a feel good factor to everyone on the High Street and since half the money is raised by Dave Cole and his team, BMBC should stump up their half and make Wombwell shine. Maybe BMBC's Chief Exec could make a real Christmas good will message and pay for the lights himself, he gets paid enough.

Reply Posted by Alan on Wednesday December 12 2012 at 13:25
The Wombwell Lights are really good again this year and all credit to Dave and Andy Cole. But let's not forget that from a very limited Community Support Fund (CSF) the lights were given a grant of £2000. Its less than the money given last year but things are different. Has no-one heard of the Public Spending Cuts?

This is all a question of priorities. The CSF is not a bottomless pit and decisions have to be made on where it is spent. The public toilets are in need of urgent repair and are probably a larger all year round barrier to encouraging shoppers to the High Street as the lights over a few weeks at Christmas are an encouragement. We all need to wake up to the real world.