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Parish council to pay for new festive lights
10:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
VANDALISM to the Overton Community Centre Christmas lights has led to the village’s business association refusing to back them.
Cables powering the lights were cut by vandals on a number of occasions last year and the business association is now refusing to back them again following the damage.
The parish council though has decided to pay for the lights and is looking to invest in a battery powered set of lights in the hope of countering the problem of vandalism.
The council expresseditsdisappointment at the situation and also the dangers to the perpetrators by cutting the live wires.
Cllr Peter Baker said: “It is a real shame and it is very dispiriting for everyone in the village that this happened.
“A lot of time is spent putting up lights at Christmas time and we will have to be careful as it will cost us more money if we aren’t vigilant.”
Cllr Brian Langer said: “I think we should go ahead and get these lights. If they are vandalised again then the whole village have a small few to thank for not having lights in the town centre at Christmas time.”
A maximum cost of £240 will be spent by the council on new lights, depending on how many sets are required for the community centre illuminations.
Cllr Baker added: “So far we have had no volunteers to help put up the lights but hopefully this will pick up between now and Christmas.
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