Alfreton Town Council calls on local businesses to back Christmas lights display

ALFRETON Town Council is calling on local businesses for help in delivering this year’s Christmas lights display.

The authority met earlier this month to discuss the 2011 arrangements amid concerns over costs.

Coun Scott Walker told the meeting some local businesses are unwilling to continue to allow their electricity supply to be used despite the council meeting the supply costs.

Paying out for alternative power arrangements could result in an unnecessary expense, he said.

He called on firms to pull together to get involved and back the display.

Said Coun Walker: “It will be a good opportunity for more local businesses to play their part in brightening the town and enhancing the Christmas experience, which must be good for business.”

Councillors agreed to commit to a comprehensive scheme this year involving £25,000 worth of lights and a Christmas tree.

This is funded exclusively by Alfreton council taxpayers, as none of the business rates are provided to the town council.

The authority will appoint a supplier and fitter for the lights, test street lighting columns, maintain the display and licence it with relevant authorities.

Anyone from the business community, particularly in the town centre, who has any ideas or who wants to offer support or sponsorship can contact the town council on 01773 520032.