Scrooge City No More

Plan for Christmas illuminations a step closer

The Chiswick Area Committee took on a festive tone this month during discussions on this year’s decorative Christmas lights. Areas benefiting from these illuminations with include sections of Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green Terrace and Devonshire Road.

Whilst no actual decisions were actually made, owing to the absence of representation from Chiswick Business Association, it was estimated that the initial costs of the lighting would be in excess of £12,000. Subsequent annual maintenance, electricity and erection would cost around £7,000. Funding, in part, would from the CAC’s capital budget, with the remainder being raised by local traders.

Two designs were put forward as suggestions, however Cllr Lee recommended that the lights should take on a ‘Chiswick’ theme and perhaps could be designed by local school children.

Previously Chiswick had been labelled "Scrooge City" in Fortune Magazine for the absence of Christmas lights and residents allegedly sniffy reaction to an ex-patriate Americans plastic novelty Christmas display.

Consultations with Chiswick Business Association will be completed before any plans are set in motion.

June 26, 2003

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