Cash approved for Exmouth's Christmas lights

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 May 2016

Strand Gardens at Christmas.

Strand Gardens at Christmas.

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The future of Exmouth's Christmas lights display looks to be secure for years to come, after a bid for cash to buy new lights was successful.

Exmouth Town Council made the application for Parishes Together funding, made available by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council, jointly with Honiton Town Council. It has resulted in the award of £36,787 between the two towns.

Exmouth councillors had previously warned that the future of the festive lights could be under threat, if the funding bid had been unsuccessful.

The idea is that the two towns will be able to rotate some of the lights between them, adding more variety to the yearly displays.

Exmouth Town Council previously rented the lights at a cost of £12,000 per year. Some funding previously came from the Exmouth Christmas Lights fundraising group, however councillors were told last year that this group had collapsed.

Town clerk Lisa Bowman said the scheduled life-span of the lights would be three years, but that they would probably last longer than this.

She said: “We will have some costs with putting up and taking down the lights, but the life-span of the lights is expected to be beyond the [previous] three-year rental period.”

The Christmas lights application is one of 34 different community schemes in East Devon which received funding from the Parishes Together Fund for the financial year 2015 to 2016.

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