Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) has announced that it will be funding Christmas trees on Ingatestone High Street this year.
In a pilot scheme, IFPC will pay for Christmas trees for High Street businesses that have existing electric sockets and brackets to position them. The cost will include a safety check for each tree.
The Christmas trees have been mounted along the length of the High Street above the shops and businesses for the last 20 years.
Funds for the trees will come from a previously allocated precept budget of £1,000, which was originally earmarked for Victorian Evening road closures. In the absence of a Victorian Evening in 2017, IFPC felt that it was important to maintain this festive tradition.
IFPC chair, Cllr Paul Jeater comments: “Our Ingatestone and Fryerning residents have told us that the High Street Christmas trees are one of the things that make us unique at this special time of year. This is an important part of our heritage that we don’t want to lose.”
Ingatestone High Street businesses who have already paid for their own trees for 2017 will be refunded the costs by the parish council.
Businesses wishing to participate in the Christmas tree scheme, or receive a refund, should contact the IFPC office.
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