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Christmas light arrangements

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19 September 2016

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Enfield Council will be installing a mixture of Christmas trees with lights or similar lighting in six town centres this year to boost trade and support retailers at the busiest part of the year.

Enfield Council will be installing a mixture of Christmas trees with lights or similar lighting in six town centres this year to boost trade and support retailers at the busiest part of the year.

Despite the Council being forced to make savings of £118 million between 2010 and 2015 because of government funding cuts, and the authority facing a further £56 million of cuts by 2019/20, the cash strapped authority has allocated £50,000 to replace its current ageing lighting and turn its town centres into winter wonderlands and attract shoppers.

Christmas trees with lights will be installed in Enfield Town, Palmers Green, Southgate Circus and Cockfosters Green while Edmonton Green will see lights installed on local buildings and Ponders End will have lights added to existing trees.

The Council also wants businesses to tell it whether they would be willing to support more extensive Christmas displays in town centres, subject to sponsorship or other funding arrangements from retailers and other companies in the area.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: "We want to do everything we can to support our town centre businesses during the crucial Christmas period and we will be installing fantastic displays in six town centres to brighten them up over the busiest time of the year and get more shoppers into Enfield.

"Historically the Council has provided a significant range of festive lights in many locations across the borough but most have now reached the end of their useable life and they would cost £200,000 to replace them.

"We simply do not have that money, so we have sought to maintain good quality Christmas displays in our main shopping areas and we are asking retailers and local businesses who think their areas would benefit from more extensive displays to contribute towards their cost."

Businesses who wish to contribute towards the provision of extra Christmas lights should contact Michael Farquharson on 020 8379 5233 or by email by 7 October.