will hopefully have its Christmas lights back this year - if all goes
according to plan.
Borough Council has not provided Christmas lights for many years, with
local businesses and traders or community organisations expected to
provide them. New Ferry Residents Association (previously New
Ferry Regeneration Action Group) obtained funding from various sources
and bought decorative lights for the district centre in 2006, and
extended the area covered with the lights for Christmas 2007. The
lights last appeared around 2008/9 when the original community
volunteers who sorted them out each year moved on to other projects, and
nobody else from the community would step forward. In more recent
times the problem has been obtaining funding for their maintenance and
Ferry Town Team Partnership (which consists of local traders,
businesses, New Ferry Residents Association, Wirral Borough Council and
MP Alison McGovern) has managed to secure funding from the Portas Pilots
scheme set up by the government in recent years to fund repairs to the
lights and their installation for December 2013.
Residents Association Chair, Mark Anthony Craig, said: "The lights have
been stored at New Ferry Village Hall for several years and are in a
very poor condition. Many of the bulb strips are not working and
we have set about making repairs to as many of the lights as we can in
order to get them up before this Christmas.
need volunteers to help with making the repairs to the bulbs. The task
mainly involves fixing the bulb strips to the metal frames with plastic
ties, a very slow and laborious task. We have already spent a
whole day repairing some of the lights, and so far have got seven of
them working - but we need more. We will be meeting again on
Friday 1st November in New Ferry Village Hall between 10.30am and 5pm to
carry out more repairs. If anyone can spare some time to give
assistance, we would be very grateful."
If you can
spare a few hours to help, please ring John Blainey on 0151 538 6920.