Plans to breathe new life into future Christmas festivities in Midhurst have taken a step forward.
Town councillors, who have earmarked more than £13,000 in their budget this year to replace current festive lights, have already asked contractors for quotes and new designs for North Street and West Street.
And at a meeting of the full council they agreed that a small steering group of four representatives should meet representatives from the Town Team, which promotes trade in Midhurst, to consult them on the design.
The Town Team has offered to add a further £9,000 to the town council’s funds for new lights.
Town councillors have agreed that following consultation with traders in the town, the steering group will make a recommendation to full council for a decision in May.
The scheme to revamp the Christmas lights and include a public ‘switch-on’ event was proposed before Christmas last year.
Traders approached the town council in November when chairman of the Town Team Geoff Allnutt offered support to develop the lights.
“We are very aware,” he said, “that the town council has led the often thankless task of ensuring the town has had Christmas lights over recent years but we are also aware that there could be an opportunity to build upon this work.”
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