WHY DOES CHISWICK HAVE NO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?
the last few years Chiswick
High Road has been one of the
few main thoroughfares in London
without any Christmas lights.
to Hugh Brendon of the local
traders' association the main
reason is cost.
explained that the provision
of Christmas lights was prohibitively
expensive for local independent
traders. Putting lights on Turnham
Green Terrace alone would have
cost close to £10,000.
Hounslow Council doesn't pay
for lights even in Hounslow
Town Centre so the cost has
to be born by local traders.
will be appearing on Turnham
Green Terrace lights or no lights
Brendon of Chiswick Traders said: "We
hope the late night shopping evening with carols
made up a little bit for all those people who
are disappointed about the lack of Christmas
lights in Chiswick. Turnham Green Terrace may
not look festive but it certainly did sound
lights in Hounslow town centre are funded mainly
by local retailers with a donation from their
local area committee.
fund raising efforts this year have been concentrated
on the Hogarth Statue appeal and he will be
retiring as Secretary of the Chiswick Trader
Association in the near future. Also stepping
down is Mike Ormrod of Ormrod Electrics, the
wholesale supplier of lighting goods on the
High Road, who was the acting Chairman.
Association is still looking for two local
business people to fill these roles. The ideal
person would be a retired Chiswick resident
who has at one time held a very senior position
in business. The decline in number of locally
owned stores has made it difficult to find
replacements with many nationally owned chains
reluctant to let their managers spend time
on community matters.
said: "This year the attention of the
CTA was on the Hogarth Statue but hopefully
next year the new committee may have the time
and the support to plan for Christmas lights.
Local businesses who feel they are part of
the community should join and seek to play
an active role."
local residents through the forum have expressed the view that the
proliferation of nationally owned chain stores and coffee and mobile
phone outlets have led to a decline in civic mindedness amongst
many local retailers and hence the lack of Christmas lights.
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