Lo­cal peo­ple set to light up Christ­mas

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Fes­tive light­ing will be de­liv­ered in In­ver­aray and Lochgilp­head by lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions this year.

Fund­ing for Lochgilp­head Fes­tive Lights Com­mit­tee and In­ver­aray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil was agreed by Mid Ar­gyll, Kin­tyre and Is­lay Area Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 10.

Lochgilp­head Fes­tive Lights Com­mit­tee has been awarded £5,000 to man­age the set-up, com­mis­sion elec­tri­cal test­ing, main­tain and re­move the lights as well as or­gan­is­ing the much-an­tic­i­pated ‘switch-on’ event.

In­ver­aray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will re­ceive £1,650 for ma­chin­ery hire and main­te­nance.

In Fur­nace, Bow­more and Craig­house, this year’s fes­tive work will be car­ried out by lo­cal sub-con­trac­tors, with com­mu­nity so­lu­tions in place for fu­ture years.

In Ar­dr­ishaig, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil will lead work this year ahead of a com­mu­nity-led ef­fort from 2019. A long-term so­lu­tion has still to be found for Camp­bel­town and Tar­bert, but dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing and the coun­cil will carry out this year’s work.

There is enough fund­ing left to al­low Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to de­liver fes­tive light­ing in the re­main­ing towns and vil­lages for 2018, but it is un­likely there will be any money for fu­ture years.

Iain MacAskill, of In­ver­aray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: ‘We have known for some time the coun­cil is un­der pres­sure to re­duce bud­gets and that we need to con­cen­trate on life­line ser­vices.

‘Part of the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion has been the un­der­stand­ing the coun­cil was go­ing to have to move away from the de­liv­ery of sea­sonal light­ing.

‘We have had this in our minds for three years, so when we were asked to en­ter into dis­cus­sions on the tran­si­tion, this was no great shock.

‘What re­ally helped was the coun­cil had an of­fi­cer who had all the in­for­ma­tion to hand, was able to help us make de­ci­sions and was able to make de­ci­sions him­self.

‘We started off with a sit­u­a­tion that wor­ried us slightly and we are now happy we will have the skills and com­mit­ment in the com­mu­nity to keep us lit for years to come.’

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