Bright idea that makes a dif­fer­ence

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Coun­cil­lor Steve Jor­dan Leader, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil

WE are in the mid­dle of the Light Up Chel­tenham event which runs from Fe­bru­ary 2-24.

Al­though nly in its sec­ond year, it is al­ready feel­ing like a fix­ture in the Chel­tenham cal­en­dar.

It is or­gan­ised by the Chel­tenham BID and this year takes in both St Valen­tine’s Day and school half term.

The shorter in­au­gu­ral event went well in 2018 and an in­creas­ing num­ber of prop­erty own­ers have vol­un­teered to take part and have their build­ings il­lu­mi­nated this time.

It re­ally does make quite a spec­ta­cle – watch out for the colour changes dur­ing the three weeks.

We are used to lights be­ing a key part of the build-up to Christ­mas with the switch on event cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment and along with mar­kets, carol singers etc gen­er­at­ing a fes­tive at­mos­phere in town.

A lot of work has gone into im­prov­ing Christ­mas in Chel­tenham over the last few years with the coun­cil work­ing with the BID and oth­ers.

But we come to Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary and every­thing can be a bit dark and gloomy.

Light Up Chel­tenham aims do some­thing dif­fer­ent to brighten things up.

A new fea­ture this year is the gi­ant ob­ser­va­tion wheel in Im­pe­rial Gar­dens which since it is also lit up and 35m high is dif­fi­cult to miss.

This Satur­day (Fe­bru­ary 16), at the be­gin­ning of half term, the Pho­ton Jug­gling Glow Show will be hap­pen­ing in High Street – don’t miss that.

Lights are be­com­ing a bit of a theme in Chel­tenham, with the re­mark­able light show a high­light of Re­mem­brance Week­end in ad­di­tion to the Christ­mas lights.

Lights can be con­tro­ver­sial with con­cerns about light pol­lu­tion and use of en­ergy al­though sen­si­tive lo­ca­tions and the use of low en­ergy LEDS re­duce any en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

I think it makes events ev­ery­one can en­joy and we arelook­ing for more ideas to build on this in the fu­ture.

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