Could your organisation light up Bexhill this Xmas?

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Could your organisation light up Bexhill this Xmas?

Organisations interested in taking on responsibility for Bexhill town centre's Christmas lights are being urged to get in touch.

Rother District Council is seeking expressions of interest from organisations or community groups by the deadline of noon on Friday, September 13 2019.

The partnership with the previous contractor, Shining Lights, ended last month and a potential tie-up with Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism fell through, leaving a vacancy for a new contractor, which would receive annual funding of up to £13,500 from the council.

Cllr Deidre Earl-Williams, Rother District Council cabinet member for tourism, said: "Bexhill deserves to have a high-quality Christmas lights display, to encourage people into the town centre and boost trade.

"Unfortunately, the council doesn't currently have capacity to deliver the lights itself, and a tie-up with a third party organisation is a solution which has worked very effectively for many years in towns such as Rye and Battle.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for a local organisation or community group to really make their mark and to get involved in something which will benefit the whole town.

"I'd encourage anyone who thinks they might be able to take on this challenge to get in touch with us to talk through their plans and how we could support them."

Any group expressing an interest must be a formally-constituted organisation capable of entering into a contractual agreement with the council.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Graham Burgess, the council's property investment and regeneration manager, by emailing graham.burgess@rother.gov.uk or calling 01424 787831.

Published on Thursday, August 29 2019

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