Residents get a say on lights

Santa at pier SUS-140826-131211001
Santa at pier SUS-140826-131211001

Eastbourne residents are being asked to give their thoughts on this year’s Christmas lights after a recent survey suggested people weren’t happy with last year’s display.

The Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce will be managing the lights on behalf of residents this year, and while the town is still clinging on to the last remains of summer, they are keen to get some early feedback.

The overwhelming response from the survey was that last year’s lights were ‘shameful’ and that smaller towns such as Polegate and Hailsham produced better displays during the festive season.

“It’s heartening to hear that residents feel so strongly about improving Eastbourne’s attractiveness during the Christmas period,” said Christina Ewbank, chief executive of Eastbourne’s Chamber of Commerce.

“Residents told us that a good light display will keep people in Eastbourne rather than go shopping elsewhere.

“One comment that stood out was a call to ‘make it magical for kids and make it magical again for us, the grown ups’, whilst a whopping 99 per cent of people said they would make a special journey with their family to see the lights.

“Now that we’ve got the backing of Eastbourne’s residents for an improved light display we’re starting to put together some fantastic plans to light up Eastbourne’s town centre. So watch this space!”

The Chamber of Commerce has put a plan together to increase the number of lights from 4,000 to 60,000 and are seeking donations from businesses and local residents.

Donations can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Eastbourne District Chamber of Commerce) delivered to the Chamber Office, 7 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, BN21 4PN.

Card payments can be made over the phone on 01323 641144.

BACS payments can be made to sort code: 402006, account number: 71373544 with reference stars & ice.

For further information, contact Laura Murphy on 07969 572964.

The lights will cost £40,000 and Eastbourne Borough Council has already contributed £20,000.