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Beckenham and Hayes Christmas lights threat

Christmas lights are under threat

Christmas lights are under threat

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» Christmas ‘‘could be ­cancelled’’ on two of the ­borough’s high streets unless urgent funding is found for lighting.

Both Hayes and Beckenham are struggling to find the cash to decorate the ­areas over the festive period.

Hayes Association spokesman Stuart Howe said: “Some members of the ­community mistakenly ­believe that the Hayes Christmas lights are fully funded by Bromley Council.

“While the council has generously provided a grant towards the cost of the lights in recent years, this represents approximately 10 ­per cent of the total costs of staging the event, with no guarantee these funds will be available in the future.

“Some 90 per cent of the cost of the lights is raised by the Hayes Lights Committee, thanks to the generosity of the local community, organisations, events and traders.

“Their continuing support is essential if Hayes is to ­enjoy Christmas lights in the future.”

Beckenham Business ­Association met to discuss their dilemma, with the item billed as ‘‘Christmas cancelled’’.

Bromley Council has promised to match-fund the cash they are able to raise.

Traders are asked to make a £20 donation but the number who have sent cheques in “is still extremely small,” said its secretary Jackie Groundsell.

She added: “Beckenham’s Christmas lights are in grave danger of not happening.”

Hayes Village Association is due to hold a bingo fundraiser tomorrow for the lights at the village hall from 7pm.


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