Biggleswade’s Christmas lights will continue to be hired rather than bought outright – and they will be more colourful this year.
Biggleswade Town Council’s town centre management committee will recommend that the lights continue to be hired on a contract basis from the Lamps & Tubes Illuminations company.
This year they will also be put up in Hitchin Street.
Festoons will be erected around the town centre, including sections running from Hitchin Street to Mill Lane, The White Hart car park to Rose Lane and around Century House and Natwest Bank in the High Street.
Members of the committee have also chosen two new lamp decorations, featuring stars and a Christmas tree, which they have put forward for approval by full council.
These could be red and green in colour, though the suggestions are yet to be discussed and approved by full council.
Councillors were keen to discuss plans for this year’s lights as early as possible so Lamps & Tubes have plenty of time to prepare for their installation.
There had been suggestions that the council should buy the lights from Lamps & Tubes but the committee decided against this due to the cost and other practical issues.
Committee chairman Madeline Russell said: “It would cost us more than £10,000 to actually buy the lights, but then you have the cost of putting them up and taking them down again each year, which can easily be another £5,000 or more.
“In time we would also need to replace them and the fittings which would mean more expense again.”
Members of the committee and the council are keen to bring more colour to this year’s lights after complaints last year that they were not vibrant enough.
Mrs Russell is confident that with the changes the council is considering the lights will be even better this year.
She said: “From the feedback we had last year it seems people did miss the festoons from before.
“This year we are addressing that and there will be more colours too.”