Town’s festive lights need cash injection

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More than £12,000 needs to be spent on the Christmas lights in Malton and Norton.

Malton Town Council heard that the displays across the town centre shopping streets need to be replaced – but the bill is expected to be £12,400, said Cllr Denys Townsend.

In recent years the two councils have each given £2,500 and the Community Interest Company a further £1,000.

Cllr Townsend said the Norton and Malton Christmas Lights organisation was urging local businesses to give financial support because £1,500 alone was needed for new bulbs for the displays.

Cllr David Lloyd-Williams said the council should increase their contributions, and suggested £4,000 each. “It is in the interests of both our towns to support the lighting displays,” he said.

He was supported by Cllr Paul Emberley who said the illuminations were an investment because they attracted Christmas shoppers, and he wanted to see the High Street shops contribute. Town Clerk, Mike Skehan, said it was “disappointing” that Ryedale District Council could not provide funding from business rates. The town councils only received their precepts from households, not businesses.

The council is to be recommended at its next meeting to increase its contribution from £2,500 to £4,000 for the displays this year.

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