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Bacup's faulty Christmas lights defended by council

Lancashire Telegraph: FAILURE: Missing lights from the Christmas message have been defended by councillors FAILURE: Missing lights from the Christmas message have been defended by councillors

A ROSSENDALE town’s Christmas lights display has been defended by councillors after some of the illuminations failed to work.

Crowds that gathered in Bacup town centre on Friday for the annual Christmas event were left with a highlight to forget as some letters in the Christmas message failed completely.

Councillors said the budget for lights had not increased from last year although they were hopeful it would improve next year.

They also defended the decision not to install a Christmas tree in the town saying that it had been vandalised in previous years.

The council blamed the lights failure on ‘general wear and tear’ and said that workmen are due to fix the problem tonight.

Greensclough ward councillor William Challinor, said: “The budget for the lights was the same as last year but it all has to be divided between the townships that have lights.

“Everything has to be done in line with electrical health and safety regulations, so it costs quite a lot.”

The lights that were in working order were switched on by Rossendale Mayor, Coun Christine Gill, alongside children from local primary schools.

Coun Christine Lamb said: “It’s a real shame the council are not putting a tree up this year.

“We all understand the problem of vandalism but to let the vandals win doesn’t make any sense.

“I really hope the council fix the lights soon and change their mind about putting a tree up for Bacup, it is Christmas after all.”

Coun Challinor hopes more money will be made available for light bulbs that work in the future.

He said: “Next year, maybe the budget will be bigger and we’ll be able to provide better lights, but the vandalism has been a real problem for a long time.”

A spokesperson for the council added: “We are working to restore the Christmas lighting display in Bacup as soon as possible and are hoping to put a replacement panel up on Monday evening.

"The most likely cause of the problem is through general wear and tear.”

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9:05am Tue 2 Dec 08

rossie says...

It is ironic that Coun Christine Lamb is quoted as saying: “It’s a real shame the council are not putting a tree up this year.

“We all understand the problem of vandalism but to let the vandals win doesn’t make any sense."

Sorry to say this but the Bacup vandals won a long time ago. About three years ago the town centre crib was vandalised and destroyed but, despite a lot of noise by the police, nobody was ever prosecuted. The streets are full of drunken yobs and the police have just moved out of the town down to Waterfoot. The btown's councillors don't care very much.

It is ironic that Coun Christine Lamb is quoted as saying: “It’s a real shame the council are not putting a tree up this year. “We all understand the problem of vandalism but to let the vandals win doesn’t make any sense." Sorry to say this but the Bacup vandals won a long time ago. About three years ago the town centre crib was vandalised and destroyed but, despite a lot of noise by the police, nobody was ever prosecuted. The streets are full of drunken yobs and the police have just moved out of the town down to Waterfoot. The btown's councillors don't care very much. rossie
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10:05am Tue 2 Dec 08

nugget123 says...

i was not surpised to see the lights not working this year as well as the sign not working half the other lights are broken. I think we have got another towns rejects or something and I would be ashamed to hang them in the street and a far as the christmas tree the should be one if the police stopped pulling over drivers all the time when they have done nothing wrong and if they walked around the town centre then the tree would be safe. It is sad times when someone like myself who is only 29 does not feel safe enough to walk to the shops after dark without my dog at my side for protection.
i was not surpised to see the lights not working this year as well as the sign not working half the other lights are broken. I think we have got another towns rejects or something and I would be ashamed to hang them in the street and a far as the christmas tree the should be one if the police stopped pulling over drivers all the time when they have done nothing wrong and if they walked around the town centre then the tree would be safe. It is sad times when someone like myself who is only 29 does not feel safe enough to walk to the shops after dark without my dog at my side for protection. nugget123
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1:24pm Wed 10 Dec 08

fuschia says...

doesn't surprise me at all that bacups lights were faulty. It's always second best. I bet rawtenstall gets a tree and the other valley towns.It's like the problems with gritting, go to rawtenstall and everything is clear come to bacup and you risk falling flat on your rear end just getting off the bus.
doesn't surprise me at all that bacups lights were faulty. It's always second best. I bet rawtenstall gets a tree and the other valley towns.It's like the problems with gritting, go to rawtenstall and everything is clear come to bacup and you risk falling flat on your rear end just getting off the bus. fuschia
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2:05am Fri 14 Dec 12

urban skippie says...

They say we cant have a tree in case it gets vandalised again but they put the crib back up? I'm not a councillor so maybe I dont understand the logic but as I come from Morecambe I do understand about being shafted by toffee nosed big wigs who hide behind desks miles away!
They say we cant have a tree in case it gets vandalised again but they put the crib back up? I'm not a councillor so maybe I dont understand the logic but as I come from Morecambe I do understand about being shafted by toffee nosed big wigs who hide behind desks miles away! urban skippie
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2:07am Fri 14 Dec 12

urban skippie says...

They say we cant have a tree in case it gets vandalised again but they put the crib back up? I'm not a councillor so maybe I dont understand the logic but as I come from Morecambe I do understand about being shafted by toffee nosed big wigs who hide behind desks miles away!
They say we cant have a tree in case it gets vandalised again but they put the crib back up? I'm not a councillor so maybe I dont understand the logic but as I come from Morecambe I do understand about being shafted by toffee nosed big wigs who hide behind desks miles away! urban skippie
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