Aberystwyth council spent £24,000 on Christmas lights

By Caleb Spencer in Politics

ABERYSTWYTH Town Council spent almost £24,000 on Christmas lighting last year, the Cambrian News can reveal.

The festive illuminations bill represents an eight-fold increase on 2015, when the town’s lights were labelled “rubbish”.

After inspecting its accounts for the previous financial year, the Cambrian News has learned that Aberystwyth Town Council spent £23,993.17 on Christmas lights in 2016, including £2,400 on “LED string lights” for the town centre tree.

The accounts show that TME Electrical Contracting Ltd were paid £17,762.17 for “Christmas lights services”, including £1,101.25 for Penparcau’s Christmas tree lights; £2,400 for the North Parade fairy lights; and £52.68 for replacing a damaged plug for the town centre tree.

And in November, the town council paid True Traders Ltd £1,764 for a Christmas lights battery, and MK Illuminations £4,467.41 for Christmas lights.

Cllr Talat Chaudhri said: “The Christmas lights are expensive, yes, but there is a reason for this.

“Practically, it is a specialist, skilled job at which TME have provided proven good service over a number of years.

“It would not be cheaper, from what I understand from our tendering processes in recent years, to choose another company to do this work.

“Moreover, TME are a local Aberystwyth company and therefore the money remains in the Aberystwyth economy rather than going elsewhere, as would happen if we chose an outside company.

“This is a factor, though not the only factor, in our tendering policies."

See this week’s south editions for the full story, in shops and online now

Related Articles

Add Comment

Add Your Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment

By posting your comment you agree to our T & C