Search

Christmas all year round? Redbridge could have lights in place permanently

15:15 29 June 2013

December

December's Christmas lights switch-on in High Street, Barkingside included children from the Kenneth More Theatre and singing stars from Britain's Got Talent

Archant

Festive lights could be kept in place all year round across the borough in an effort to end annual rows over their cost and location.

Council leader Cllr Keith Prince revealed his festive vision for the future at a meeting of area committee four last week at William Torbitt Primary, Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park.

He said it would cut costs and allow the lights to be used for a variety of celebrations.

The Barkingside ward councillor was speaking as colleagues looked at a report proposing a “central festive lighting fund”.

Cllr Prince said: “I want to speak candidly. I think that our approach to festive lights has been a bit random.

“In June, July or August an officer goes around scraping up contributions [for lights].

“At the 11th hour we put the lights up, but they charge us more for putting them up and taking them off than for the lights themselves.

“I’m suggesting a central fund. We will have lights wrapped around lighting columns. We just put them up and leave them there.

“When we have different festivals like Diwali, Hanukkah, Eid, and whichever other festival you’d like to name, we would switch them on and then, at the end, switch them off. But we will leave them there.

“If area committees wish to fund something in addition to that, like a Menorah, a tree, they can do that.”

He added: “In future we can celebrate all the festivals of lights through the year.

“It will put a different light on things.”

The funding of Christmas lights – up until now decided separately by each of the seven area committees – regularly causes controversy and disagreement.

Last year, area four refused to give almost £6,000 for lights in Gants Hill but agreed to fund up to £2,500.

Cllr Prince stressed the plans had yet to be approved by his cabinet colleagues, but Conservative Cllr Ruth Clark praised the idea, adding: “This is the best news I’ve heard. Every year it’s a total mess with the Gants Hill Business Partnership.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Ten-year-old Jai Makwama shows off his medal in a football competition which promotes British Asians in professional football

A schoolboy been selected to compete in professional football trials after a gruelling couple of competitive and athletic rounds in London.

Yesterday, 09:00
Roger Cornish is now campaigning for CPR to be taught in London schools

A man who was saved by quick-thinking passers-by has called on Londoners to help fund the training of children in life saving skills at school.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Madhia Liaquat, 13, has raised money for Great Ormond Street hostpital by baking, 5k runs, and gets support from local businesses. She is also an ambassador for autism and goes out and about in the local community to raise awareness (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A kind-hearted girl who has always tried to help those less fortunate has been nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The A406 between Ilford and Redbridge Roundabout is gridlocked following an earlier accident.

Most read news

The final GP in the UAE may not have been a thriller, but it did kind of sum up the season for a lot of drivers.

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition