Festive lights in Boston given £35,000 lifeline for 2016

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Councillors have come to the rescue of this year’s Christmas lights after plugging £35,000 into the scheme – but are asking businesses to take the lead next year.

Councillors on the Boston Town Area Committee agreed the funding after the Boston Borough Council switched off to the idea of providing funds in its annual budget.

However, councillors agreed that the committee would need to get other organisations involved over the next few years to take the lead.

A report put before the council by Steve Lumb, called the future of the lights ‘uncertain’ and said attempts throughout last year to get businesses involved had not garnered enough of a response.

A sub-committee including Couns Martin Griggs, Anton Dani, Brian Rush and Viven Edge will look at the range of options available and speak to Boston Town Team to see if they can take the lead in organising Christmas lighting.

Coun Griggs said: “It’s terrible that it’s come to us this late to sort this out, but we have a duty to the people of Boston. For me personally I took my own baby to see the lights last year and his face lit up and it was magical.”

The borough council, in partnership with Transported and sponsors, has already agreed to continue to provide the Christmas tree and a Christmas event in Boston’s Market Place. The council’s previous contract for Christmas lighting finished at the end of December.

The previous cost was £146,822 over five years. With £20,000 of that provided by the Boston Improvement District’s levy on businesses and traders.