ARBROATH councillors have agreed to spend up to £55,000 on new Christmas lights for the town. The money will be accessed from the Common Good Fund which is in a very healthy state at the moment.
Following the meeting in Bruce House on Thursday, Councillor Peter Nield, a member of the Angus Alliance administration, told the Herald: “The designs and display that Arbroath is going to have this year will not be bettered. I am really pleased that all councillors have supported this project.”
Councillor David Fairweather commented: “The fiasco we had with the lights this year will not be allowed to happen again. It was not the fault of anyone, the power supply kept tripping and it could not be remedied.”
Councillor Nield stressed that this is a combined initiative by all Arbroath councillors and said that Arbroath will this year be a town to visit over the festive season.
He concluded: “Both David and I are supportive of a Christmas Fair and we are receiving help from businesses in Arbroath to make this happen. This completely new lighting display will just top off all that is being planned.”
The Independent councillor for Arbroath East and Lunan, Bob Spink, told the Herald: “It was very satisfying and a pleasure to see all of Arbroath’s elected members sit round a table and work together to bring to fruition this significant project for the benefit of the Arbroath public and shows what can be achieved by working together.”
He continued: “This is an issue which has been raised by members of the public every Christmas over a number of years now. Arbroath elected members have agreed a Christmas light system which should satisfy all critics.
“This considerable project has been funded by the Common Good Fund and will produce a display worthy at last of Arbroath.”