Who pays for Honiton’s Christmas lights?

COST of lighting up Honiton at Christmas falls on town council.

DO you know who pays for Christmas lights in Honiton town centre?

You do! Honiton Town Council is paying for the display, which costs thousands of pounds of ratepayers’ money.

The council is now looking for sponsorship of up to �5,000 - to ensure the displays continue during a period of cutbacks.

This year’s display is secure, members of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry heard at a meeting last week.

Deputy mayor Councillor Vernon Whitlock said: “There will be Christmas lights on every lamppost again this year.

“But we are looking for sponsorship to keep the cost down.”

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When asked how much sponsorship was needed for future years, the chamber’s committee, chaired by Colin Wright, was told: “Up to �5,000 would do.”

Councillor Whitlock explained: “We have got some money in the budget, but any more money would help.”

The chamber expressed a willingness to fundraise towards the cost of Christmas lights.