Christmas lights for Leigh to be extended

Popular - and the Leigh Lights will be extended this year

Popular - and the Leigh Lights will be extended this year

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LEIGH Lights are to cover more of the town this year, but there will be no switchon ceremony.

Town councillors voted on Tuesday to extend the coverage of the Christmas lights further along Leigh Road, from the previous boundary of Woodfield Park Road to Fernleigh Road, covering all businesses on the street.

Despite comments from businesses beyond the boundary that they felt left out from the festivities, efforts to extend the lights in previous years had been slowed by the fact the town council’s authority ends at Woodfield Park Road.

The extension will cost £2,155, though the cost will be partly offset by the council choosing to have no official switch-on ceremony this year, a decision councillor Carole Mulroney said was partly motivated by concerns over safety.

She said: “In previous years, we’ve had a switch-on by the triangle at St Clement’s church and it causes major problems for pedestrians and, even when we’ve not had celebrity guests, it’s caused a pinch-point effect, which can be really quite frightening.

“We’ve been working with the police on that because it’s been a concern for them.

“We also feel that, if the lights are on when people arrive, they’re walking into a welcoming atmosphere rather than a dark and gloomy environment and this will also be of benefit to the traders.”

As a result of the changes, the annual parade which has traditionally preceded the switch-on will start in the opposite direction at 6.30pm on November 28, from the junction of Leigh Road and Kings Road, along Leigh Road and Broadway before finishing at Broadway West.

During the meeting, Councillor Donald Fraser said the lights would be switched on at 5pm.

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10:17am Fri 5 Sep 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

More the merrier, Leigh has always outshone most other local places, when it comes to many things, though are far way ahead, when it comes to the festive season, God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen....
More the merrier, Leigh has always outshone most other local places, when it comes to many things, though are far way ahead, when it comes to the festive season, God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen.... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 3

10:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

Eastwoodian says...

It's Woodfield Park DRIVE and Fernleigh DRIVE

Sloppy . . .
It's Woodfield Park DRIVE and Fernleigh DRIVE Sloppy . . . Eastwoodian
  • Score: -2

10:35am Fri 5 Sep 14

Robin Reliant says...

The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better.
The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 4

10:41am Fri 5 Sep 14

sesibollox says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better.
Go to Canvey if you think its bad here, no I love the big lights at Leigh, always have a good beer up, ITS CHHRRISSTTMMAASS...
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better.[/p][/quote]Go to Canvey if you think its bad here, no I love the big lights at Leigh, always have a good beer up, ITS CHHRRISSTTMMAASS... sesibollox
  • Score: -2

10:56am Fri 5 Sep 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Sounds a sensible compromise (and keeps our beloved MP out of the way). And all the better that Leigh Road gets more exposure - some of Leigh's more charming shops are up that end.
Sounds a sensible compromise (and keeps our beloved MP out of the way). And all the better that Leigh Road gets more exposure - some of Leigh's more charming shops are up that end. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 2

11:54am Fri 5 Sep 14

n-unknown says...

They should close the high street and have a market theme along the road with a set time as to when the lights turn on... no overpriced z-list (so called) celebrity to switch it on, just the set time and countdown for when everyone should look up at the lights.

Charge the market stall owners and whoever else wants to put on a show and the event will pay for itself.
They should close the high street and have a market theme along the road with a set time as to when the lights turn on... no overpriced z-list (so called) celebrity to switch it on, just the set time and countdown for when everyone should look up at the lights. Charge the market stall owners and whoever else wants to put on a show and the event will pay for itself. n-unknown
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Robin Reliant says...

sesibollox wrote:
Robin Reliant wrote:
The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better.
Go to Canvey if you think its bad here, no I love the big lights at Leigh, always have a good beer up, ITS CHHRRISSTTMMAASS...
didn't say it was bad, its good, its just the switch on is anti-climax also its in a tight spot right outside the church you can't see anything, just put the lights on at 6pm and do a big street theme, get some German beer stalls and food on board.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: The switch on is always a bit drawn out and an anti-climax, just keep the street market theme all along Leigh Rd and The Broadway, get some good entertainment too, make it bigger and better.[/p][/quote]Go to Canvey if you think its bad here, no I love the big lights at Leigh, always have a good beer up, ITS CHHRRISSTTMMAASS...[/p][/quote]didn't say it was bad, its good, its just the switch on is anti-climax also its in a tight spot right outside the church you can't see anything, just put the lights on at 6pm and do a big street theme, get some German beer stalls and food on board. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 4

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