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Town’s Christmas lights budget light

DARTMOUTH Town Council is refusing to help pay for taking down the new Christmas lights, which it has emerged cost more to install than to buy.
Just weeks after the town’s light show was put up in a fanfare of glory following Nigel Way’s Snowball fundraising event at the Flavel, the festive illuminations will cost £2,000 to be dismantled.
But nobody seems to be really sure who organised the street displays in the first place – businessman Mr Way or the Dartmouth Business Improvement District – and criticisms have been made as to why quotations were not sought for the work in the first place.
Cllr Chris Smith said: ‘It beggars belief that businessmen in this town have gone ahead and agreed to have these lights installed without a budget. I find the whole thing unbelievable.’
He was speaking at Monday’s meeting of the town council where a request was read from hotelier Mr Way, who is also chairman of the BID, seeking financial assistance towards the cost of taking down the lights.
The total purchase cost of the illuminations, along with their £8,000 installation fee and removal, is close to £16,000, part of which will be met by the £8,500 raised at the Snowball event before Christmas and £4,500 of which Mr Way has paid out of his own pocket, the meeting was told.
But the town council has already spent around £6,000 on its own illuminations this year, which included new LEDs around the Boatfloat and lights and a Christmas tree in the Old Market.

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