Repairs to festive lights to be very costly

Repairs required to bring Newton Stewart’s Christmas lights up to scratch in time for the 2014 festivities will cost more than £4,000.

Cree Valley Community Council heard on Monday that there will also be a cost of £3364 to fix electrical sockets onto walls to power the lights.

It is also estimated the work in replacing bulbs would take two people a week.

Bob Boan, lights chairman, said there was £3,000 coming from Dumfries and Galloway Council towards the cost as well as £500 in wind farm community benefit funding but the deficit remains.

To replace the whole lighting stock would cost in the region of £10,000.

Bob said recently he was keen to stand down from the committee due to his age and the lack of help from members of the community each year. The council heard that Newton Stewart Initiative was happy to help out.