Hedge End Lib Dems want a massive 50% hike in the Christmas lights budget. Browsing the minutes of this month's Town Council committee meetings, I discovered a recommendation to increase the annual budget for the lights themselves and the entertainment at the "turn on" event from £10,000 to £15,000.
The increase follows a £300 bill to replace defective lights. The Community and Culture Committee were told "there was very little left in the budget to be able to replace these items at present." However the Lib Dem members, including Borough Council leader Cllr Keith House, "felt that the above should be replaced and that extra monies should be found if need be."
It is nice that at a time of national austerity the Lib Dems can conjure up £5,000 when they feel they need it, but where is the money going to come from?
Other items agreed by the Town Council this month include:
Plans to have a plaque to commemorate Mohammed Ali's visit to the village in 1971
Support for a local school's gardening club
To count the number of people using the public toilets on Mondays and Thursdays
To pilot a maximum two hour stay in Council car parks
To object to changed plans for housing on the derelict dairy site in Hobb Lane.
The minutes of all meetings are published on the Council's web site: http://hedgeend-tc.gov.uk/