Town set to shine as more Christmas lights planned

Sutton Coldfield will shine brightly this Christmas thanks to the Town Council’s decision to increase the festive lights scheme.

At a Full Council meeting this week Councillors agreed to add more locations to the 2018 Christmas lights plan. In addition to all the locations which had lights last year, new features will be installed in:

  • Little Boldmere
  • Clarence Road/Aylesford Close
  • Walsall Road/Crown Lane
  • Falcon Lodge Crescent
  • Kingsbury Rd/Water Orton Rd – 295 to 307
  • Reddicap Heath Rd/Hollyfield Road South
  • Whitehouse Common Road/Withy Hill Road

In addition 16 new heritage lights columns will be installed in King Edward Square.

The total cost agreed by Council for 2018 comes to £60,584.

The lights will be switched on immediately after the switch on of the town centre lights (funded by the Business Improvement District) on Saturday 17th November. The lights in Boldmere will be switched on at Boldmere Community Winter Festival on Sunday 18th November.

Councillor Keith Ward commented: “Building on our lighting scheme to include more local centres is great news, these areas are important to the community so it makes perfect sense to have a common design throughout the town. I am particularly pleased that we are lighting King Edward’s Square, this is such a focal point for Sutton Coldfield with the Town Hall and War Memorial, and the new heritage light columns here will really look fantastic.”

“I think residents will be proud of how this is going to look and I’m really looking forward to November 17th when in Sutton Coldfield it really will be “beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

The Town Council funded festive lights at local centres across Sutton Coldfield in 2016 and 2017, excluding the town centre scheme, which is funded by the Business Improvement District (BID). In 2017, the Town Council invested in a ‘bespoke’ scheme, to ensure consistency in the design and quality of the light features in each of the local centres. The festive lights are installed by Birmingham City Council.

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