The contractor for this year’s Bexhill Christmas lights ‘regrets the delays’ in fitting them.
The decorations have come under criticism from some quarters for not arriving on time.
The Festive Lighting Company director Andy Hill accepted the situation had not gone to plan and suggested compensation may be made to the organisers Shining Lights.
“There is no question but that this contract has not gone well,” he told the Observer.
“As usual in these situations, there are a number of different factors which have contributed to the situation, many of which fall within our responsibility as lead contractor and supplier.
“We have therefore fixed an appointment next week with the directors of Shining Lights Ltd to review the contract and to begin the process of negotiating the financial implications for both parties.
“We very much regret the delays this year and hope we can begin to resolve matters at our meeting next week.”
A number of businesses were annoyed about the lights not going up on Sackville Road, St Leonards Road and others before the switch-on event on Friday, December 4.
Robin Powell, of H&H Confectionery, described them as a ‘joke’ and Di Paolo’s Cafe owner John Di Paolo said he was disappointed by them.
Co-director of Shining Lights Andrew Crotty said the issues were down to the contractor who had ‘let down the town’.
Residents rallied around the Christmas lights organisers as many enjoyed the switch-on event and believed they deserved some slack.
Emma-Louise Hellier said on Facebook: “I am a business owner that happily donated and I don’t feel let down at all.
“The event held last Friday was the busiest I’ve ever seen the town and the atmosphere was great.
“There’s bound to be some teething problems with such a big operation and the volunteers that took on the project were simply that, volunteers.
“I think a huge well done is due.”
Emma de Morgan wrote: “That’s the problem with a lot of people in this town, you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t!!
“Nothing is ever good enough.”
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