Back in Spring, the Borough Council agreed their new budget. Having rejected several ways to try and help local businesses in the recession (and so ending successful schemes), the council decided to allocate £50,000 to renew the Christmas lights in the Town Centre.
This evening I walked around the town centre, and couldn’t see much difference between this year and last year. The Clock Tower still has its lame strips of lights about half-way up.
So did the money get spent? And on what? Was it more worthwhile than grants to help shops improve their frontage, or rate rebates to incentivise new business?