We own 30 LED lights that are snowflake shaped. These go up on the outside of shops long Mill Road from November to January. It costs us around £3500 every year – this covers installation, take down and maintenance visits.
We also light a number of trees along Mill Road. So far we have LED lights on trees at Petersfield, Ditchburn Place, Gwydir Street, Cavendish Road and Ross Street. These cost roughly around £2500 each (depending on the size of the tree) and have a maintenance cost every 3-4 years.
This is what we spent in 2014:
£1,665.60 – To Lamps and Tubes Illuminations Ltd for the installation of lights at Ditchburn Place tree
£166.00 – to Elitian Ltd for the printing of 2000 Switch On Event fliers
£129.00 – to Coversure Insurance for cover for the Switch On Event
£325.51 – to Balfour Beatty for the installation of a power box on the lamp column for the Ditchburn tree
£354.00 – to Lamps and Tubes Illumination for switch on call out to get all trees set up on their timers
£1759.20 to Lamps and Tubes Illuminations for the repairs and re-stringing to the tree at Gwydir Street.
How can I help?
Obviously you can donate money, or arrange a fundraiser event to help us. You could help us with publicity, sponsorship or you could also volunteer some time and join the committee.
Street by Street Action
There are lovely trees on Mill Road which sit at the end of some of our side streets and we’d like to get the people who live nearby involved. For example, there’s a tree at the top of Great Eastern Street that hangs over the edge of Mill Road Bridge. There are 90 or so properties on Great Eastern Street and if each household put in just £20 there’d be enough money to light up the tree.
We are hoping to find a champion on each street who could galvanise their neighbours into getting together to make this happen. This would involve dropping letters to your neighbours, or giving them a knock and talking to them about the project.
Festive lights have to be paid for and arranged by someone – it’s more work than most people think. Our committee needs help to make Mill Road’s festive lights bigger and better each year.
Please get in touch if you want to get involved.