christmas lights are shining once again, having returned after a four
team of local residents spent much of November giving up their spare
time, and taking days off work, to repair the christmas lights which had
been stored in the Village Hall since they were last used in 2009/2010.
and this year, nobody was willing to carry out the repairs that were
required. The lights were originally purchased by New Ferry
Regeneration Action Group in 2005/2006 when Wirral Borough Council
withdrew from organising christmas lights across the borough. Each
year, NFRAG had to bid for funding to carry out annual repairs and to
put them up, but this funding became increasingly difficult to secure
and the community representatives who originally worked on getting the
lights ready each year left the organisation to live abroad.
however, the New Ferry Town Team Partnership agreed to release half of
the £10,000 secured from the Portas Pilots funding earlier in 2013 to
pay for the £1,000 repairs needed and the cost of putting up the lights.
The lighting contractor who put them up was Wirral-based
lights were put up on Thursday 28th November, some 8 of the 40 power
sockets on the lighting columns were found to be faulty. Wirral Borough
Council has contacted its lighting contractor Colas to make repairs to
the sockets as soon as possible so that the remaining lights can be
switched on some time in early December.
The bulk of
the lights, however, are now working for the 10% discount day which
several New Ferry traders have agreed to on Saturday 7th December.
left to right are John Blainey, Anita Hassinen, Andy Booth, Ashley
White, Mark Craig and Stewart Finch as they completed work on the 40th