Christmas lights in Creetown will sparkle well into the future after a cash injection this week.
Scottish Water and contractor Byzak have each donated £250 to help Kirkmabreck Community Council purchase new lights for the annual festive season spectacle.
The donation comes as Scottish Water progresses its £1.6 million project to boost the environment of the Cree Estuary, which involves upgrading waste water infrastructure and removing properties from its flooding register.
Bill Elliot, Scottish Water’s Community Team Manager for Dumfries and Galloway, said: “As a gesture of our appreciation to the community while we carry out this vital work to enhance local waste water infrastructure, Scottish Water is delighted to be supporting Creetown’s popular Christmas lights display.
“For many people Christmas lights really add to the colour and magic of the festive season, and we hope this donation of £500 from Scottish Water and our contractor Byzak helps Kirkmabrek Community Council keep the display shining brightly for many years to come.
“Protecting and enhancing the environment is a top priority for Scottish Water. That’s why we’ve been working to upgrade our waste water infrastructure in the area of the Cree Estuary. The project is progressing well will help us deliver the best possible essential waste water service to our customers and ensure we meet the highest environmental standards.”
Peter Lupton from the community council said: “The community council is delighted that Scottish Water and Byzack have recognised the disruption and inconvenience that the works has caused and as a result have made such a generous donation to the community. The money will be put to good use and will help light up the village for years to come.”
Scottish Water is investing heavily in Dumfries and Galloway in the 2010-15 period. Improvements totalling £153.8 million are being made to water and waste water infrastructure to enable growth in the area, enhance drinking water quality and protect the environment. Since forming in 2002, Scottish Water has invested £351.2 million in Dumfries and Galloway.