Bexhill businesses ‘not happy’ about Christmas lights

Bexhill's Christmas extravaganza. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-150512-105019001
Bexhill's Christmas extravaganza. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-150512-105019001

Some business owners in Bexhill feel let down by this year’s Christmas lights – or lack of – in the town centre.

Hundreds turned out to witness Bexhill’s new festive decorations being switched on on Friday (December 4), after around £40,000 was raised by Shining Lights.

This year's Christmas Tree. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-150512-105007001

This year's Christmas Tree. Photo by Frank Copper SUS-150512-105007001

But Robin Powell, of H&H Confectionery, said he is not satisfied with the installations on the lampposts as he was told there would be lights across the road.

“The business community are not happy at all – it’s an absolute joke,” he said.

“Thousands of pounds have been donated for nothing. I haven’t paid for stupid lamppost signs, the council put them up every year.”

The confectioner was also annoyed about the lack of activities away from Devonshire Road during the big switch on.

Nick Wells, of Wells & Son described the organisation as ‘diabolical’.

John Di Paolo from Di Paolo’s Cafe said he was ‘a little disappointed’ by the lack of lights and thought there would be more going on near him.

He also said the businesses on St Leonards Road have had the worst deal as they have no decorations whatsoever.

More decorations were supposed to go up across the town but the contractor ‘let us down’, according to Shining Lights co-director Andrew Crotty.

One business owner who was supportive of this year’s effort was Lenny Aldous, of Old ‘N’ Gold. “I think they have done a great job and I think it’s more the lighting company who have let the town down, not Shining Lights,” he said.

“It’s a learning curve and next year will be better a lot better I am sure.

“There are a couple of little glitches this year but there are bigger things to worry about.”

Shining Lights co-director Andrew Crotty said the faults are down to the lighting company.

“I would like to say that Shining Lights were totally blown away by the response that we had from Bexhill residents and businesses,” he said.

“There were a few technical problems and we are in talks with the Festive Lighting Company to make sure this never happens again.

“But on the whole, Bexhill made us proud and thank you very much for a night to remember.”

Mr Crotty said the company have let them down on a number of occasions.

For example, they were supposed to put the lights up on November 30, but never did and it kept getting pushed back.

The Festive Lighting Company did not respond to a request for comment.

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