30 November 2014
and visitors to New Ferry's district centre are being greeted by the
christmas lights once again. New Ferry Residents Association was
successful in finding funding for the repair of the lights and their
installation by a specialist contractor; the funding came from one of
Wirral Borough Council's neighbourhood funding pots, and was approved by
the ward councillors.
some repairs/bulb replacements were necessary, these were not as
extensive as had been required in 2013. The repair work was
completed in just over two weeks by a dedicated team of local
volunteers, led by Stewart Finch whose wife Karen is the owner of Fresh
Naturally, the fruit and vegetable produce shop in New Ferry.
were installed towards the end of November. One or two of the
connections in the lamp columns were found to be faulty, and a handful
of the lights will not be working until the Council's lighting
contractor has made the necessary repairs. We hope these will be
fixed in time for christmas, but we have been told there are so many
Council lamp-posts not working across the borough at the moment, and
staff are working flat out to repair them all.
Craig, Chair of new Ferry Residents Association said: "In recent years,
it has become increasingly difficult to find funding for christmas
lights. Councils gave up responsibility for them several years
ago, leaving it to community groups and traders associations to sort
them out every year. This year, as last, we were fortunate to find
the money needed to repair the worn out bulbs from last year, and to put
them up again. However, next year it will be even more difficult.
But, we will have to wait and see.
clear is that we need more help with fund-raising, and from next year we
would like to start replacing the old fashioned rope bulbs with new,
more energy efficient and longer lasting LEDs. If anyone in the
community would like to volunteer their time to help, please email us at