Cost of festive light repairs equal cost of brand new set

Newton Stewart’s Christmas light switch-on will go ahead despite a reshuffling of committee members behind the event.

Three of the town’s main lights have been sent off for repairs at a cost of £1850, which is being met by Cree Valley Community Council.

It was reported this week at the council’s monthly meeting that the cost for collection and delivery of the lights by the repair company was another £400.

But it was also reported that he purchase of three brand new lights would have only cost £2000 but would have required six weeks’ notice.

Chairman John McNaught said it would have made more sense to replace the 10-year old lights but that there wasn’t enough time.

The repairs are set to be carried out in time for the 30 November switch-on in Newton Stewart which will have music, stalls, a snow machine and entertainment on the street.

There will also be a Christmas tree at the McMillan Hall but no internallights as they were condemned.

The hall will not be open for the festivities, as has already been reported, but scaffolding is in the process of being removed as external works to the building come to a completion.

A report from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Karen Brownlie, facilities officer, said stonework repairs were almost completed and the lift was being fitted this week.

She added that the iron archway at the front door is due to be replaced and decorating has begun inside to downstairs rooms.