News that Neston’s Christmas lights were in jeopardy came as a surprise at this week’s Neston Town Council meeting, but swift action has led to a positive outcome for the town.
As a matter of urgency, Neston Town Council and Neston Chamber of Trade met with Cheshire West and Chester officers to discuss the issue.
Revised proposals now mean that Neston Town Centre will have a brand new Christmas lighting scheme. Garlands with hundreds of sparkling, energy-efficient, LED lights will be suspended across the High Street and eight festoon lights will be mounted onto the lamp-posts.
An installation survey by Cheshire West and Chester Council contractors discovered that the brackets previously used to display Christmas banners across the High Street and the canopy of lights at the Cross were sited too low for safety, and many were in poor condition and no longer adequate to support the weight of the existing decorations.
In a further development, Neston Town Council will be taking action to preserve the lighting scheme on Town Centre churches and the Neston Centre building. As the contractors working on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council can no longer include private properties in their remit, Neston Town Council will now seek to engage their own contractors to ensure that the popular displays on key buildings will be preserved.
Neston Mayor Cllr David Clark said that he was delighted that all the interested parties could come to the table, at just 36 hours notice, to resolve this dramatic turn of events.
“It was a challenging discussion that was eventually resolved to the satisfaction of all parties,” he said. “I’m sure that Neston town centre will now have a really good show of Christmas decorations.”
The Mayor added that Neston Town Council had also made it clear to Cheshire West and Chester officers that Little Neston and Parkgate must be reviewed as part of improved plans next year.
Neston’s brand new Christmas lights will be officially switched on by the Mayor on Friday 3rd December at 6.30pm, as part of this year’s Neston Christmas Festival.