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3,000 reasons for Christmas cheer dimly viewed by members of Southwell Town Council

Plans to light up a part of Southwell with more than 3,000 Christmas lights are under way — but some councillors do not support the idea.

Southwell Town Council set up a working group as it plans for bigger Christmas celebrations.

Peter Harris, chairman of the council’s environment group, said: “The proposal is that we have an event for turning on the lights at the Burgage as a prequel for the Christmas lights switch-on in the town.”

The Burgage
The Burgage

Mr Harris said the plan would consist of more than 3,000 LED lights in the trees, while the bushes would also be covered by festive lights.

The proposal received a mixed reception from councillors and residents.

Committee member Karen Roberts said: “Lights are a lot more expensive than you might anticipate.

Steve Perry, also on the committee, said: “We are talking about big trees with big expenses, I just wonder if the impact will be had.

“We are not talking about 250 lights from Morrison’s for a tenner, we are talking big money here.”

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