Common Good cash for Christmas lights

ARBROATH town centre is set to receive new Christmas lighting after £55,000 from the Common Good Fund was granted to fund new displays.

The plans were revealed at a meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee in Forfar last Tuesday. Councillors considered how seasonal displays were funded throughout the area.

The additional funding will mean new festive lights for High Street, Millgate Loan and West Port.

It came about through a joint effort between Arbroath councillors and representatives of Arbroath Community Council.

Arbroath councillor Alex King, who was finance convener in the former Scottish National Party administration, said while he was fully behind the plans, as he believes it should be local businesses which pay to maintain the lights.

He said: “The people that should be paying for it are the shopkeepers because they are the ones that benefit.

“Why can’t they use the extra profit they make at Christmas and put it towards the displays?”

When the plans to use the fund to pay for lighting were announced last year some councillors called for a cap on the amount of money used.

Arbroath Business Association formerly organised the town’s Christmas lights. A former chairman, Howard Cargill, said: “Historically the business association had been at the forefront of funding for Christmas lights in the town.

“It’s a good thing that the council has been able to use Common Good funding. I will be very interested to see how this works out.”